If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard all the latest scary research showing that sitting will kill you. Did you know, for example, that people with desk jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular problems as people with jobs that keep them on their feet? And of course, hunching over our computers as we sit wreaks havoc on our spines, which can lead to even deeper back, shoulder and neck problems.
Supposedly ergonomic solutions, like sitting on a medicine balls, can be helpful in terms of getting you to move around, but they can put painful pressure on your vertebrae, causing more problems than they solve. So, what to do?
The following animated sitting guide, originally posted on LifeHacker, provides an excellent look into a number of solutions.
As the video details, just buying a chair that forces you to balance while still supporting your back can help improve your long term health outcomes. And the best solution of all? Move around!
How do you safeguard your health while sitting? Let us know in the comments below!