How To Sit Properly

Hello SoulShiners! Let’s talk posture for a sec. It goes without saying that COVID has affected us all in one way or another. Working and schooling from home has increased not only our screen time but our sitting time as well. We’ve definitely been hunched over a keyboard more than usual - affecting our posture and most likely causing our bodies to feel wacky and uneven.

How to Sit Properly

First and foremost, let's start with the fundamentals. Be mindful of how you're positioned (and how long you're sitting for) when sitting at your desk. Your feet should be flat on the floor, with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your legs (from your hips) should also be at a 90-degree angle. Keep your core engaged, and roll back your shoulders. Keep your chin parallel to the ground (raise your computer screen so you aren't looking too far down). Your wrists should be resting on a pad in front of your keyboard with your arms slightly extended and your elbows slightly bent (don't bend them past 90 degrees).

Regular Breaks

Sitting too long can lead to a variety of negative health effects, including increased blood pressure, excess body fat and high blood sugar. Maintaining a healthy diet while working from home is important, but for the sake of your posture, taking regular breaks from sitting is just as important. Stand up every 30 minutes and walk around (not always to the fridge, mind you)—throw in a load of laundry, empty the dishwasher, take the dogs for a walk or do anything else that gets you up and moving; increasing blood circulation and back mobility is what we're going for here.