Being locked in one position for many hours of the day is the total opposite of what the human body has evolved to do and this makes our joints and muscles unhappy.
We all know that the amount of time we spend sitting down in our daily lives (commuting, desk jobs, Netflix binge etc) is not doing our bodies any favours.
Stiff, wonky bodies which then get taken to sports are going to have difficulties (read: injuries) because the fundamental movements needed at each joint just aren’t there in most post-childhood Westerners nowadays.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, there are plenty of little things that you can do every day that’ll make a massive difference to your posture and your body.
We’ve enlisted the expert advice of Postural Alignment Therapist, Posture Ellie (@posture.ellie), to share five super simple things to start integrating into our day to help us out.
1. Lots of people have totally lost the ability to ‘hip hinge’ and this is a major contributor to many people’s back pain. When you can’t move your pelvis and hips properly, the spine has to take the burden. A really simple way to try and teach your body how to ‘hip hinge’ better can be achieved at your desk. Sit normally in your chair and you’ll probably notice that your pelvis tips backwards and your spine follows, curving into a ‘C’ shape – you’re not working your hips here. Roll forward from your pelvis (as if you’re trying to create an arch in your lower back) and try and sit like this as often as you can. It might feel like hard work to start with, but this is just because you’re weak in this movement.
As you get stronger you’ll find it much easier to hold yourself like this. A couple of times a day you can try and get the same movement happening whilst standing and bending forward – it’s all about the roll of the pelvis to create a gentle arch in your lower back.