POSTURE. [Did you just sit up straighter?]
~Blog post by Running Physio Leslie Kleiner
One question that I hear on a weekly basis is about POSTURE.
Have you ever thought, “If I am going to be sitting at my desk for 8+ hours, how can I keep good posture?” So what is the answer? Is there a good answer?
You might hear some people talk about the ergonomic “rule of 90s”, or say that you should avoid slouching., but I tend to question these recommendations.
Imagine for a minute that I handed you a 5-pound dumbbell and asked you to hold it for 8 hours with your elbow bent to 90 degrees. Okay, you can take a lunch break and put it down for 30 minutes. 5 pounds - that’s pretty light, right? Maybe for the first 5 minutes… then you may start to feel tired in your bicep muscle, your shoulder might creep forward to help carry the load, and by the end of the day, your elbow will probably feel like it needs some WD-40 to straighten back out.
Now imagine that same weight, but this time you are allowed to get creative. You can hold it upside down, switch hands, move it around, put it in your knapsack, or maybe even balance it on your head. At the end of this day you may feel like you got in some exercise depending on how creative you were, but I guarantee that you wouldn’t need the WD-40 nearly as badly.
To circle back to the original question, here at TRP, our philosophy is to MOVE (it). That might include a mix of crossing your legs, sitting on your leg, performing desk stretches, standing up, walking to the bathroom or to fill your water bottle, sitting up tall, and even slouching for a bit (because a bit is okay!) The key is to mix it up. Our bodies were quite literally built to move; they don’t like to stay in one position for too long and they shouldn’t have to.
Many of the runners that I work with sit at a desk for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. At TRP we understand the impact that this has on the body, and can provide you with strategies to optimize your mobility and also alleviate injury caused by prolonged positioning.
If you are looking for more advice or want to practice your desk hand stands, we are here to help.
Signing off while holding my tree pose.