Let’s talk about sitting…are you searching for the perfect chair or perfect posture to help you sit comfortably for long periods of time?
You’ve probably heard of the phrase,”sitting is the new smoking.” Our bodies are not designed to sit for extended periods of time. We are more like a plant: moving, breathing, flowing and using our muscles. We are wired to get our heart rate up, sweat and breathe heavily regularly. Our bodies haven’t evolved to be staring at a screen all day long with our heads pushed forward and hunched over. So how can we find balance, how can we still be productive without compromising our posture and becoming too sedentary?
7 Tips for Sitting Well
1. Sit on your sitting bones. If this sounds too simple, it is. Find your sitting bones – sit on a hard surface like a metal folding flat chair and slide your hands under your buttocks. As you come to sit on your hands rock forward, back and forth and side to side to feel where exactly your sitting bones are. Once you have a good idea, remove your hands and sit evenly weighted on both sitting bones and extend your spine up from there. Think of your sitting bones as the basement of your house. If your basement is level chances are you can stack from there to be upright and more functional.
2. If and when your muscles get tired from sitting upright, slide to the back of your chair so that you are still sitting evenly on your sitting bones, but use the back support of the chair to relieve your tired muscles. For more support add a pillow, rolled up blanket or towel behind your lower back to help keep you relax without compromising your form.
3. Try kneeling. This sounds scary to some of us with painful knees, ankles and hips…but don’t knock it until you try it. The more support you have to kneel, the less pressure on your joints. Kneel over a stack of books, blocks or supported blanket so that again your spine is upright. If you are leaning forward you need more support. You can also place a pillow under your knees or ankles to get comfortable.
7. Don’t be hard on yourself! Just bringing some compassion and mindfulness to the ways that you are living in your body can help make the shift to better posture. It’s ok to not be perfect and do the best that you can!
For more tips on how to restore your core, visit: https://simplyyogaandfitness.com/core-and-pelvic-floor
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