5 Tips to Better Back Health for Tech Types
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You’re young and active, just got out of college not too long ago; but you’re starting to feel old…Well, you’re not feeling old, but your body is starting to speak to you in ways that it never has before. Suddenly you’re not recovering as fast as you used to and little things are becoming bigger things. Your aches and pains are lasting and you shrug it off as usual, skipping the doctors visit.
In my Nate Dogg voice, “Hold up. Waaaait.” In your mid to late 20’s is where everything changes and it’s a time to be keenly aware of what’s happening. All those years of trauma as a teenager and early 20’s from sports and other activities are catching up with you and coming back to haunt you…But why?
Well, the sedentary life of the 40 hour work week is the trigger that allows all those little aches and pains to become deeply ingrained in you as your foundational base. Everything you’ve ever done and everything you continue to do is tied up in your body’s joints and muscles.
Think about it… As a kid in elementary and middle school, we had recess and sports; we often moved between classes every 50 minutes or so with a 5 to 10 minute passing period. We got up from our desks and moved around, keeping our muscles active. Depending on the generation you are in, you had PE class too.
In High School this continued and in college we may have had 3 or 4 hours of class per day; we had to walk around campus, up stairs, down stairs, sometimes over great distances to get to our next class. I know for me, this sometimes consisted of running between North (social science department) and South Campus, where the Science department was, just to make it to class within the 10 minute window.
Now that you’re at work, how often do you move around? How often do you get up from your seat?
We sit and our hip flexors get stiffer and stiffer and if you’re a runner and you aren’t stretching your hip flexors then they’re getting double duty.
To compensate, other muscles begin to kick in and get tighter around the hips. The body likes homeostasis (being in balance)…So other muscles pull and get tighter to compensate. Soon, with the hips being off balance, the back begins to feel tight, muscles press on nerves, spinal and hip alignment contribute to all types of back pains.
So what to do in situations like yours?
2. Stand instead of sitting – Not only does having a standing work space provided for at least part time work to break up the sitting time help with posture, but standing burns more calories than sitting.
3. Get up and move around a bit – Most of us make calls on our mobile phone. Walk around if you can during calls if it’s not going to effect others in your office.
4. Take the stairs – I know you’ve heard it before. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Use those muscles at work and keep them active.
5. Water – Make sure to get enough water during the day. How does this effect your back. It’s another reason to get up from your desk. Get up and take your bottle to the water cooler and fill’r up…And if you’re drinking more water, you’ll have to go to the restroom more frequently too.
These are just a few simple ways to effect change in your daily habits. Will this remedy back pain? Probably not. But these are definitely a few good ways to help keep your body in better shape from a preventive standpoint.
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