Office Olympian Part One
Picture the everyday activities that would cause the most wear and tear on the average body. What comes to mind … Tough yard work? Manual labor jobs? Extreme exercise routines? Yes, those types of activities can cause aches and pains, and sometimes injuries, but in my experience, there is an activity that creates far more issues.
And yet this activity …
● Doesn’t put you in awkward positions.
● Doesn’t exhaust you.
● Doesn’t involve you lifting anything heavy.
● Doesn’t involve you moving at all.
It’s the activity of office workers everywhere: sitting for long periods of time with little to no movement. And it is the precursor to most of their pain and injuries.
What experts have found is that it doesn't matter which position/posture people hold while seated; it’s more about their lack of movement in general. When they call on their bodies to get into ranges of motion outside the positions they hold all day in the office chair, they expose themselves to risk. Their joints, muscles and ligaments have been so used to staying still it causes added stress on those tissues when it’s time to move. Those tissues can only take so much until they get angry.
What should you do about this? During your 8-10 hours in the office, you need to let your body feel full range of motion to reset the tissues. Don't wait until you have to put out a fire.
I have a few ideas for you on how to implement breaks at work, what to do on those breaks, and how to start being the Office Olympian. We will start with controlling the abdomen and focusing on the upper back because these create a solid foundation. Then we will move to other areas. Here’s the video:
Remember: Having a plan, starting the plan and sticking to the plan will pay dividends in the long run.
Stay tuned for future editions of the Office Olympian program. Next week we will focus on the neck and chest.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call, and we will get answers for you.