4 Ways to Alleviate Lower Back Pain at Your Sitting Job
Sitting is the new smoking. We’ve heard countless warnings about how bad it is for you to sit all day – increasing your risk of heart attack, diabetes, and a host of other health problems. But some of us don’t really have a choice about sitting since our jobs require it. Not every office is willing to provide you with sit-stand computers or treadmill desks.
Sitting can do more than increase your risk of long-term health problems. It can also cause lower back pain that can become chronic and make you feel miserable. Stretching just isn’t enough to bring you the back pain relief that you need. Here are four things you can do to alleviate lower back pain from sitting at your job all day:
Take Frequent Walk Breaks
The easiest thing you can do to not just treat back pain but to prevent it is get up frequently. Don’t sit all day. Take regular walks around the office or down the hall. You don’t have to do much to break up the monotony of your position.
You can make it easy to remember getting up by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Your bladder will be your natural alarm clock, requiring that you get up and walk to the bathroom. Not only will you get up frequently, but you’ll also stay hydrated, which will reduce muscle tension and improve circulation, helping to bring you back pain relief.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Back pain will come on more quickly if you are sitting all day and have weak core muscles. You can stave off back pain by strengthening your core with plenty of regular exercise. Cardiovascular exercises like running and swimming will naturally strengthen your core because of the position you take and the way the exercises work parts of the whole body. But you should also include strength training exercises that specifically target your core muscles, including the back and the abs.