Poor Posture? Lose the iPad

Those extra hours of work at night might just be contributing to your back pain. According to an article from BBC News, a recent study of over 2,000 subjects showed that around two-thirds of them continued working at night, some as much as an extra two hours. As a business owner, I can relate. I don’t remember the last time I had a “normal” 9-5 day. I’m always working or reading something, and I, admittedly, spend a LOT of time in front of my screen.

According to Dr. Helena Johnson, who headed up the study, the main concern for those who spend too much time in front of the screen is poor posture. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that poor posture leads to pain, and Dr. Johnson concurs with that belief:

The chairwoman of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Dr. Helena Johnson, said the findings were of “huge concern”.

She said: “While doing a bit of extra work at home may seem like a good short-term fix, if it becomes a regular part of your evening routine then it can lead to problems such as back and neck pain, as well as stress-related illness.

“This is especially the case if you’re using hand-held devices and not thinking about your posture.

I’ve been a huge proponent of taking breaks throughout your workday and even joined Egoscue Austin Clinic Director, Rick Mathes to discuss it on an episode of “Stop Your Pain” Radio. I suggest getting up every hour or two to move around. You can walk down the hall to deliver a message to a coworker, stand to have a conversation, and even go to another floor (via the stairs) to use the restroom. Simply put, motion is good (and necessary) for your body.

If you’re looking for specific exercises to do throughout the day, download 4 Free E-cises HERE. These simple e-cises will improve your posture and your energy level. Do them for a week straight and let me know what the results are.

QUESTION: What types of motions do you do to break up your day?