HEALTHY LIVING

Sitting All Day? Head-To-Toe Tips For A Healthier Workstation

05/30/2012 08:21 am 08:21:50 | Updated Oct 10, 2014

By now we're sure you know that sitting all day isn't doing your health any favors.

Spending too much time seated at a desk has been linked to all sorts of negative health effects, like an increased risk of diabetes, cancer and, yes, even death.

"We've been trying to tell people this for a long time," Noam Sadovnik, D.C., a chiropractor and founder and director of chiropractic and physical rehabilitation at The Center in New York City tells The Huffington Post. "We're just really not designed to sit for prolonged periods of time."

Regular exercise and periodic standing breaks throughout the day are certainly good ideas. Not to mention there are all sorts of quick-and-easy exercises you can do at your desk, plus sneaky ways to incorporate more movement into your day, like taking the stairs and holding walking meetings.

But stepping away is easier said than done, with ringing phones, tight deadlines and meeting after meeting after meeting. When you're stuck sitting, how you sit in your chair can be just as important as how long you sit, especially if you find yourself in pain by the time you head home.

Experts agree that keeping the joints at 90-degree angles is one of the most important tenets of perfect desk posture. We asked Sadovnik to elaborate, so he offered the following head-to-toe tips to make sure your workstations are as supportive as possible.

Tips For Healthier Sitting
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