5 Reasons You’re Uncomfortable Sitting at Your Desk

Most people at one time or another will experience back pain; it’s exceedingly common. But, while we may equate this back pain with heavy lifting or hours spent standing on our feet, this isn’t always the case. In fact, according to The Good Body, some studies suggest that around 54 percent of people who experience back pain do so as a result of sitting for long periods of time.

It’s not just back pain, of course; sitting for hour after hour can make you hurt all over. So, how do you remedy this? It begins with knowing why you’re uncomfortable in the first place.

Some of the reasons may be:

You’re sitting too long

Sitting too long – especially if you stay in one position – wears on your body. It puts endless pressure on certain bones and muscles, leaving you sore and hurting. If you work in an office, sitting can’t be avoided, but aim to break up the monotony by getting up and moving around. Go for a five or ten-minute walk at least once an hour. If you can’t do that, then move in your chair – fidget, stretch your legs, and stomp your feet.

You have the wrong chair

Not all desk chairs provide the same benefits. Ergonomic chairs are designed with the skeletal system in mind. They’ll help you maintain your posture and decrease the odds of back problems and carpal tunnel. If your job requires sitting for long periods, they’re a necessity.

You have an underlying problem

As mentioned above, back pain affects most everyone. Yet severe pain (or pain that won’t go away, gets worse, or involves others symptoms) warrants a doctor’s visit. Underlying issues – from herniated disks to old injuries – can be the cause.

Your keyboard isn’t situated correctly

The position of your keyboard is very important to your overall level of comfort. Per Healthy Computing, the keyboard should be placed in a manner that allows you to keep an open angle with your arms. This is usually just above the lap. It’s lower than how folks usually have it, but it’s better for the body.

You hate your job

Yep, hating your job can be the cause of physical pain. If your body tenses and stiffens the second you set foot in your office, it may be trying to tell you something. And that something is, “Update your resume and apply somewhere else.”

Working at a desk can be uncomfortable, but these tips may help. They’re simple, easy-to-follow suggestions that may mean the difference between enjoying your job and hating it – quite literally – down to your bones.

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