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Should you REALLY be standing at work?

by Grace McCalmon

Over the past decade standing desks have become increasingly popular. Maybe you’re even standing up right now… or at least thinking you should be.

Well, contrary to what you might have heard, you don’t need to be on your feet for eight hours a day to be healthy.

According to Dr. Lindsey Mathews and many alignment specialists, the best posture practice is to change your position regularly throughout the day.

TIPS TO REMEMBER:

WHEN SITTING…

  • Don’t cross your legs – if you do, make sure to switch legs every so often
  • Alternate passive sitting with active sitting

TO ACTIVELY SIT:

  • Sit on the edge of your chair
  • Maintain a slight c-curve in your spine
  • Keep your shoulders back – like you’re holding a pizza
  • Keep your head at 90 degrees
  •  Try standing every other hour

WHEN STANDING…

  • Do ten air squats when moving from sitting to standing
  • Make sure your feet are parallel and your pelvis is tucked slightly under
  • Shoulders back and head at 90 degrees
  • Distribute your weight evenly on both sides

To help you remember when to sit and stand, download the free, TimeOut app


Do you know anyone who suffers with knee pain, lower back pain or low energy at work? Share this with them!

Do you change up your position during the day? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!

 

 

Posted on July 10, 2015

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Grace McCalmon

Grace is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP) and a graduate of Duke University. She received her nutrition certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association, and her training is based on the work of Dr. Weston A Price, as well as the latest peer-reviewed, scientific research.