re·pet·i·tive strain in·ju·ry – a condition in which the prolonged performance of repetitive actions, causes pain or impairment of function in the tendons and muscles involved (definition credit: Google)
Many people talk about how sitting for long periods of time causes many different injuries (heart problems, joint pain, weight gain, skeletal alignment issues, etc etc). However, notice how the above definition for repetitive strain injury only contains 2 body parts: tendons and muscles. When it comes down to it, the health of our muscles and tendons is where we need to put our ergonomic focus.
When I say improve the “health” of our muscles and tendons, this doesn’t mean go crazy in the gym. It doesn’t mean doing heavy squats or going for a long run. If your posture and form is poor when you squat or run, it’s just going to make things worse. You’re just going to compound your problems caused by sitting at a computer desk.
What I mean by “improving the health of your muscles and tendons” is this…we need to take a balanced approach to improving the blood circulation throughout them. The older we get, the less blood circulates throughout our muscles and tendons. This causes muscles and tendons to become unhealthier (tighter, less responsive, and less flexible) over time.
There are many reasons that cause this to happen. By sitting at a computer desk 40+ hours per week, the main reasons are repetitive strain and overuse. Repetitive strain is holding certain body parts in the exact same position for a long period of time. Overuse is a movement done over and over and over again throughout each day (clicking a mouse, for example).
There are also many different healthy approaches to take. In my opinion, none of them is any less important than the other. If you want to improve your quality of life and decrease your pain caused by sitting at a desk, you must take an aggressive approach to your sitting ergonomics.
It may sound complicated, but it’s really not that difficult. I’ve written up all the info for you. It’s all pretty basic and straight-forward. It’s all a part of my Sitting Ergonomics Formula, and it’s all available for free.
My Sitting Ergonomics Formula is made up of 7 different components to design a healthy sedentary lifestyle for yourself. Click on any of them (below) to see all the articles I’ve written about that category.
Get familiar with these good habits of my Sitting Ergonomics Formula:
Additionally, DO NOT follow these common mistakes I used to make when I had a desk job:
- Drinking too much caffeine
- Not drinking enough water
- Too many reps in the gym (overtraining)
- Too much weight in the gym (overtraining)
- Bad form in the gym or when running
- Eating nutrition-less foods
- Bad posture while sitting at a computer desk
- Not taking high quality vitamins (non-gmo multi-vitamin and omega-3)
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