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I am willing to bet that you are sitting in front of a computer right now... by Karli Taylor

OK, so it was a pretty safe guess, but there was a reason that I pointed that out today. As technology becomes greater, our fitness levels become weaker. Today, most of our labor force is working in front of a computer, which can lead to success for your career but problems with your body. Working in an office can be very stressful and can keep you away from the gym. This can and will lead to even bigger problems down the road. Some of the biggest problems that occur when sitting in a desk day in and day out can take time to manifest, but when it happens, it can make everyday life very uncomfortable. One of the biggest problems that will occur due to prolonged sitting in front of a computer is neck pain either with or without related tension headaches.

Statistics show that most people will have a minor neck problem at one time or another. Neck problems and injuries most commonly occur not during sports or vigorous activities, but typically during work-related tasks, projects around the home or simply poor posture.

Neck pain may feel like a kink, stiffness or severe pain. Pain may spread to the shoulders, upper back or arms, and it can cause headaches. Neck movement may be limited, usually more to one side than the other.

Sitting at your desk everyday for eight hours leaning over with your head forward puts a severe amount of stress on your cervical vertebrae. Every inch your head is over the mid-line (head mid-line is the imaginary line from your ear to your shoulder) is eight pounds of pressure on your neck!

An easy way to counteract this, aside from being conscious of your posture, is to spend 1 minute three times a day in the following position:

Stand with your back against a wall. Make sure your bottom, the back of your head and your shoulders are touching the wall. Sound easy? Try it. If you have the beginning of an issue, this posture will be uncomfortable for you to hold!

Also, invest in a chair that fits you. Make sure that your computer screen is at the level of your eyes when you look straight ahead, not up or down. Take 5 minute standing breaks throughout your day, and try to stretch your chest, shoulders and neck whenever you start to feel like your head is getting heavy.

Are you sitting up straighter now?

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