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Sitting is Killing You

Sitting is killing us. Did you know that people who sit for most of the day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack. Even though you head off to Crossfit at the end of the day, that 1 hour does not compensate for the entire day. I Crossfit 4-5 times a week and can confirm it's true. I've been having upper back pain for a month now and it's finally impacting my performance at the Box. So here's my strategy:

  1. Create an ergonomic working environment. I'm only 5 foot 1 or 153cm so getting the right desk height is near impossible. In this instance I went to the extent of ordering a custom desk. Now this is not necessary. You can certainly achieve the same outcome by using a footrest.  If you are interested though, I fell in love with Yellow Diva's Splint table. Yes it was a splurge. Watch the video below for guidance on what to look for. 
  2. If you are using a Mac, download the Time Out Free app. My apologies for those who aren't. I'm sure Mr Google should have something equivalent.  This app reminds me to take a break every 60 minutes. The challenge is not to snooze it :P During your break do some simple shoulder shrugs or calf raises.
  3. Go for a walk at lunch time. Eating at your desk is not healthy. Even if you do, at least go for a 20-30min walk.
  4. Spend some time doing mobility such as that recommended in our post Top 5 Thoracic Spine Mobility.
  5. Must I say? Join Crossfit or some form of sport. Although it doesn't totally offset, but it's better than nothing.


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