How’s your desk fitness? Yes, desk fitness!

Do you have any idea how hard your body has to work to stay upright in a seated position…very!

Now we’re not talking about your run a marathon, bench press 100’s kgs, do tuff mudder type fitness, this is postural fitness.

There are a couple of ways that you can test your desk fitness. One is to sit with your feet on the floor pointing directly forward and your spine not resting backwards at all. Firstly, can you do this without any discomfort in your body and secondly, how long can you do it for without any aches or pains?

If your body has postural strength, length and balance, this shouldn’t present any problems and it will be easy to do for hours at a time.

If you are unable to do this, then you are not fit enough to sit at a desk for hours at a time and eventually something in your body will tell you so.

It could be a stiff lower back, an aching neck and upper back, tight hips and hamstrings…and the list goes on.

Now the other way to test your desk fitness is to get a buddy to take a picture of you sitting at your desk!! No Faking!!

Once you’ve got your photo, look below and pick your desk posture. If it’s not ideal, then make the decision to act and start your Pilates journey today!

Ideal Desk Posture – Upright spine, sitting on your “sits” bones and not the tail bone, head sitting over the spine, feet planted on the ground, arms resting on the desk…no aches and pains.

The Hump -  Spine is slouched giving you a “hump” in the upper back. Can give you a sore and stiff upper spine at the end of the day, limited movement and not being able to turn your head.

Chooks Neck – An addition to “the hump”. You end up looking intently at the screen putting your head in front of the rest of the body…ouch! That neck gets sore, stiff and maybe you get headaches by the end of the day.

The Slump(very common on the couch as well) – You end up sitting on your lower back, which puts lots of load on it. You get up and your lower back is stiff and sore, your neck gets sore from looking down at the computer.

The Lean Forward – Again, the lower back cops a lot of load and the neck is very compressed. Also, with the lean forward, the front of the hips get a nice compression, leading to extra pulling on the lower back and may cause hip pain.

Working on your desk fitness, doesn’t mean that you stop all other types of fitness training. It should be part of your long term health and wellbeing plan. Postural imbalances are sneaky, they may not cause you any problems for years then all of a sudden, you find yourself on a world of pain, which potentially results on you being unable to sit at a desk!

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