For many of us, our lives are surrounded by and are now reliant on technology, whether it’s computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
You probably use technology more than you think and even if you don’t work at a desk, you’re likely to be sitting down and logging into Facebook or Twitter on a regular basis, shopping online, reading the newspaper, texting your friends, checking your emails or watching Netflix.
This all means that we’re sitting down more than we think and that’s not good for a variety of reasons.
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and diabetes. In addition, because devices require your head to flex forward, most people will be prone to slouching or hunching, putting strain on the neck and back.
As always, prevention is better than cure so here are some tips and advice on how to do so by making simple changes to your everyday life.
1. SITTING POSTURE
Maintain eye level: Arrange your workstation so you’re sitting up straight with your screen at eye level. Our Posture Stand is ideal for working in the optimal position to support spinal alignment.
Support your back: Sit in your chair properly with your lower back supported as much as possible by a Back Support. Adjustable lumbar support helps you to maintain a correct sitting position by preventing slumping of the lower back.
Do the twist: Sitting in the same position for hours on end can cause back pain and tech-neck. Make sure you move your neck from side to side and rotate your head and shoulders to loosen tense muscles and improve circulation. In addition, try a Balance Cushion to destabilise the sitting surface which encourages you to actively sit throughout the day.
Make the device come to you: Instead of leaning your head forward to look at your phone or tablet, bring the device to your face. OurNeck Brace is ideal for this, supporting your head and improving posture whilst in an upright position.
2. STANDING POSTURE
Stand while you work: Stand at your Desk while you’re working, even if it’s just for an hour a day.
Stand on two feet: When you do stand, always stand on both feet to ensure even weight distribution. Leaning onto one leg will negate all of the benefits of standing at the workstation.
Tuck your tail under: When you’re standing, keep your weight in the back half of your foot and don’t let your back overarch; tuck your tail under and engage your lower abdominal muscles to help. A Posture Brace is a ideal training device to help you gradually attain the perfect standing Posture.
3. SLEEPING POSTURE
On your back: Though this is not the most popular position, sleeping on your back is the best option for your posture as it allows your head, neck and spine to rest in a neutral position (this position is not advisable for those with sleep apnoea).
On your side: If sleeping on your back is not an option then your side is the next best thing. To support your lower back further, you could use a pillow in between your knees to prevent your upper leg from pulling your spine out of alignment.
Your Mattress: If you sleep for 8 hours a night, 365 days a year, that’s over 121 days (33% of your time) in which you are asleep. Our advice, invest…invest in a good mattress (not necessarily the most expensive) which supports your posture and encourages you to sleep in the correct position.