After a long day at work it can be hard to resist the temptation to go home, relax on the couch and binge on your favourite TV show.
Unfortunately, when we sit all day at work then sit when we get home our body does not get the level of physical activity it needs to function optimally. Our spine is designed to move and it is often where we get aches and pains from sitting too long.
We all know the benefits of regular exercise on our mental and physical health however finding the time and energy can often be a barrier.
How do I overcome Couch Potato Syndrome (even with a busy routine)?
- Exercise – how to exercise and for how long;
Get in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per day. Find something you enjoy and you are more likely to stick with it! It’s a great way to manage stress, give you energy and keep your body moving.
- Sitting – why moving is important;
Whether at work or home, try not to sit for more than 1 hour without getting up and moving. Even if you do get your daily exercise in unfortunately this does not offset the detrimental effects of prolonged sitting. Try walking home after work or get out of the office at lunchtime. Make this a priority even when your day gets busy.
- Posture – how to fix your back position;
When you sit on the couch try and keep your spine in a relatively good line. Watch for excessive twisting or slumping of the body. Use a footrest and pillow behind your neck for support.
If you are experiencing any aches or pains or need help to get you moving contact the team at Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions to make an appointment at either of our Sydney CBD or Chatswood physio clinics. Ask about the Pilates options we have on offer for any level of fitness or ability.