Look at the answers to these commonly asked questions to find out how Pilates can help you – at work.
Q: Why is sitting for long periods of time bad for me?
A: Sitting is one of the most unnatural positions for your body, especially if you sit in an unhealthy way – your low back rounds, your upper back rounds, your head juts forward (just look around at your colleagues!) Your spine endures unnecessary pressures and your muscles (especially the large thigh and glut muscles) go into a “turn off” mode ultimately leading to an overall unbalanced body with upper back/neck discomfort, tight hips (ie-hip flexors and hamstrings), weak gluts and the list goes on.
Q: Why do I feel really uncomfortable in my chair in the afternoon?
A: Your body is getting tired – lack of oxygen, ‘shutting down’ of your muscles/metabolic system.
Q: Because I sit all day, could my chair be causing my neck and back pain?
A: Yes and no. If you are able to sit properly in a poorly designed chair then you may avoid the neck and back pain you inflict on yourself when sitting with poor posture. An ergonomically designed chair will definitely help but you still need an awareness of proper posture and an increase in movement.
Q: Can I learn to sit with better posture?
A: Yes most definitely. It’s a matter of learning the basics [why, what and how] and applying them.
Q: Could my workplace environment be affecting my long-term health?
A: You are probably logging in atleast 40 hours or more a week – that’s a lot of time. So yes, your workplace environment will definitely have an effect on your body and mind.
Among our on-site clients:
*Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Thoughts for you:
*Start a Sphinx Pilates group class at work
*Sign up for a Pilates at Your Desk Seminar
*Get up and stretch
*Check out this video this video, it will make you smile and it’s definitely motivating.