Daily Challenge Tuesday Feb. 08, 2011

Everyday Well-Being

Sit down slowly and squarely at least 2 times today.

How to do it

Instead of plopping down into a chair today, make a point of sitting down gently and squarely at least twice today. Align your body so your knee and hip joints are naturally bent with your feet firmly planted on the ground. Distribute your weight equally on your sitz bones (the two lowest points of your pelvis). Keep your back straight but not arched, shoulders back but relaxed. Your knees should be at or below the level of your hips, your feet flat on the floor, and your ankles uncrossed in front of your knees. If you find you've reverted to a poor sitting posture, gently bring your body back into alignment.

Why it matters

Half of all working Americans experience back pain each year. It is one of the most frequent causes for missed work and second only to respiratory ailments for doctor's visits. Some researchers say that poor sitting posture is by far the most common cause of back pain. Good sitting habits can help prevent it.

Fun fact

Americans typically sit for half or more of their 16 waking hours.


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