(featured on myVega.com, written by Jaime Komer)
What we do with our body 24 hours a day matter: What we eat, how we move, how we think. Not just when we’re training or competing—every second adds up to something bigger. In essence, you become what you do. Quite literally, our connective tissues adapt and respond to what we do the most often. And what do we do a lot these days? Sit.
I am a Proactive Lifestyle Specialist because I believe that to improve our quality of life, we need to look at our entire lifestyle. Ideally we should decrease the amount of time that we’re sitting and increase the variety of our movements throughout the day. This can be a difficult, yet necessary, transition as our social and professional culture is often centered around the act of sitting. We sit when we eat, meet with friends, drive, fly, work at the desk, go to school, just to name a few.
Yet even if you are literally chained to your desk, you still have freedom in how you sit. It’s time to self-check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Self-Check: How do you normally sit?
Have a friend snap a photo of you in your “this is how I usually sit at my desk” position. If you can, have them take it when you’re not even paying attention, as this might show a more honest image of your sitting habits. Do you notice any of the following?
- Head hinging forward so it’s in front of your shoulders.
- Your entire back rounded like a capital C (for mega-Curve).
- Your pelvis is tucked under.
- Your legs crossed at the thighs or ankles.
These are just a few examples of common postural habits when sitting. While we know it’s not ideal to pop-a-squat for hours at a time, if you’re going to sit, let’s at least bring awareness to how we are sitting.
Tips on how to sit better:
Here are a few simple adjustments to incorporate into your daily life. Remember, small changes can make a big difference.
The Pelvis Rocker with a towel
- Roll up a hand towel
- Place it on your chair
- Sit, with the sit bones (the bony points at the bottom of your pelvis–ischial tuberosities) on the towel
- Allow your pelvis to naturally rock forward without much effort. In other words, your pelvis is not in a tucked position. Hopefully this will help encourage the natural curvature of your spine. Think: head over shoulders, shoulders over pelvis, lower back curves in naturally (as opposed to being rounded out so your entire back looks like that capital C mentioned above)