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Better health ‘Back in the Office’
I was delighted to see that BackCare, The Charity for Back and Neck Pain, chose to publicise one of my pet subjects for their Awareness Week this year – the sedentary lifestyle of office workers and the damaging health issues relating to this.
As an Osteopath and being a professional member of BackCare, I am keen to promote habits that reduce the likelihood of people developing a back problem and encourage all my patients to incorporate activity into their daily routine.
Did you know?
How to become more active
It is now clear that exercising for an hour, after work, is not the solution to preventing these sedentary related diseases. The belief now is that we have to reduce our sitting to four or five hours a day, especially at work.
In an ideal world, it’s best to use a sit-stand desk, which enables the desk to go up and down. This way you can mix your time, at your workstation, between standing and sitting. However, this can be costly and many employers may not be able/wish to fund this option. So what else can you do?
The Sitting Calculator
You could start by visiting www.getbritainstanding.org and use their Sitting Calculator to work out whether you are putting yourself at risk. You may be surprised at just how much time you do spend sitting.
Good luck with adopting Better Health ‘Back in the Office’!