When working at a computer, many people tend to let the shoulders roll forward and the belly sink in. Maintaining this posture for eight or more hours a day can create a lot of bad muscle memory and achey muscles and joints.
One of my favorite techniques is simply to check in and see what my body is doing in that moment:
- Are my shoulder blades back and down?
- Is my chest open?
- Is my core engaged/belly button drawn in toward the spine?
- Are my hips even (not slouching to one side or another)?
- Are my feet about hip width apart (not crossed)?
When sitting, I never use the back of my chair; I'm usually perched on the edge, practicing the art of alignment while plugging away at the keyboard. Every hour, I take a few minutes to walk around, stretch, or enjoy the foam roller. Lots of great tips out there--enjoy, fellow office folk, and namaste 🙂