Sitting down can seem like a great way to ease the ache of knees or back, but did you know that sitting for extended periods of time can cause its own problems?
The fact is that inactivity can lead to other illnesses, poor circulation, as well as its own set of aches and pains.
To make sitting a healthier activity, follow these three steps:
Choose the Right Chair
The right chair is one that fits your size and shape, and accommodates your particular curves. For sitting at a table or a desk, make sure that your feet rest flat on the floor, with your thighs parallel to the floor. Dangling your feet, or hunching your legs will cause circulation issues as well as muscle strain.
If you tend to stay seated for long periods, choose an adjustable chair that allows you to change positions, lay back and put your feet up. Lift chairs not only recline; they even help you stand, a real advantage for those who dread having to struggle to their feet from a soft seated position.
A lift chair offers support and comfort, and can be ordered to fit almost any body.
Stay in alignment
Every now and then, check your posture. Sit back and place your feet on the floor in front of your knees. Drop your hands in your lap and take a deep breath. Notice if any part of you feels hunched or twisted. If you often watch TV or use a computer or tablet, make sure that they are placed in a way that doesn’t cause you to twist your neck or lean forward uncomfortably.
There’s nothing worse than a kink in your neck after a nap in the wrong positon! A lift chair can provide you a arrange of options for all your resting positions.
Never cross your legs, even at the ankles. It can restrict blood flow in at least one leg. It also tends to re-distribute your weight, straining one side of your pelvis and causing the spine to twist.
Golden Lifts Chairs provide multiple positions, including TV watching, Sleep, and Trendelenburg
Make the Most of Moving Around
In a perfect world, you would take the opportunity to get up and take a quick lap around the house every half hour or so. If you have been ill or are recovering for an injury, that may not be realistic. If you need to stay seated for long periods, take the time to stretch your arms, do seated leg extensions or neck and shoulder circles every half hour or so. Even wiggling your toes and doing ankle rolls can help circulate your blood and ease muscle tension. Of course, ask your doctor what is right for you. He may even be able to recommend a physical therapist who can help you create a routine that is safe and effective.
Pedal exercisers allow you to move your feet and legs while seated.
If you do have the chance to get up, whether to go to let the dog out or use the bathroom, take a few extra moments to walk around, look at the window, take a few deep breaths and stretch your arms and shoulders. Any additional movement will help improve your balance and mobility!