The importance of physical activity is not a new discovery. What is a newer discovery, though, is that sitting in an inactive position may be just as detrimental to our health as being sedentary all day long.
Sitting for even short periods of time can cause increased stress on the spine and lead to poor circulation. In this blog post we will explore what Active Sitting means, its benefits and how you can practice it.
What is active sitting?
Active sitting is a term that has been coined in recent years to describe the act of sitting in an upright, engaged position as opposed to slouching or leaning back.
When we are active in our sitting posture, it encourages movement throughout the spine and helps keep our muscles and ligaments toned. This type of sitting also promotes better circulation by increasing the amount of oxygen in our blood.
How to practice Active Sitting:
– Sit tall in your chair or on your couch using an appropriate sized pillow for support if needed. Keep both feet firmly planted on the ground to avoid leaning to one side.
– Gently contract your abdominal muscles and tuck your tailbone under to help maintain an upright posture. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed away from your ears.
– Tilt your chin slightly downward to lengthen the back of your neck.
– Allow your arms to rest comfortably at your sides or place them on your thighs.
– Try taking a few deep breaths in and out through your nose to help you relax while sitting!
Active Sitting can be practiced anywhere, so go ahead and try it right now by slowly shifting into an active sitting position as described above. What do you notice about how this type of posture feels for your body? What sensations do you notice in your spine and muscles before, during or after sitting this way for a few moments?
You can use Active Sitting whenever you are seated – on the bus to work, at school or even just watching TV with the family. What is important about practicing active sitting is that we become aware of how we are seated and whether or not we could move into a more active position. What is one way that you can practice your own Active Sitting today?
Benefits of Active Sitting
There are a variety of benefits associated with active sitting, including increased energy levels and better concentration.
some of the significant benefits of active sitting are as follow.
– Active sitting helps to keep our muscles and ligaments toned, which can help to improve our posture.
– Sitting upright in an active position encourages movement throughout the spine, helping to keep it healthy.
– Active sitting also promotes better circulation by increasing the amount of oxygen in our blood.
– Increased energy levels and better concentration are two benefits that can be obtained by practicing active sitting.
– Sitting in an upright position helps to decrease the stress on our lower back and spine, which is a common cause of pain for many people.
BETTER CORE STRENGTH
When sitting in an upright position, our abdominal muscles are engaged. This helps to strengthen and tone these muscles over time. A strong core leads to better balance and stability, both physically and emotionally.
It improves posture
The last benefit of active sitting is improved posture. When sitting upright and engaged, we are less likely to slump or lean back.
This improved posture helps us look and feel more confident, as well as reduces the likelihood of developing pain in our neck and spine. Maintaining good posture throughout the day has been linked with a decrease in feelings of stress and anxiety.
What are some active sitting tools are available?
There are many ergonomic products to practice active sitting with. such as a Balance ball, kneeling chair, and Wobble Stool to help you practice active sitting.
Let’s look at how you practice active sitting by using these tools.
With the help of a kneeling chair, you can practice active sitting with ease. The kneeling chair is designed to help you maintain an upright posture while seated, which encourages movement and prevents the build-up of tension in the spine and neck.
Balance ball is also used for practice active sitting. It is also a great way to improve our core strength and balance.
By using a balance ball as our seat, we are working our abdominal muscles to keep us upright and engaged. Balance ball also helps us to improve our posture and feel confident. It also helps to keep everything from our head to toe in alignment, preventing muscle strain.
The wobble stool encourages active sitting by keeping you on your toes while seated. By resting your weight evenly between each leg, you are engaging your leg muscles and improving circulation in the lower body.
The wobble stool is the perfect tool for those who want to practice active sitting but find it difficult to sit on a balance ball or kneeling chair.
A wobble chair allows the user to sit down without having to return to their ordinary seat. It is because it has made it simpler for users to change their posture when they become tired after long hours of sitting.
Active sitting exercises
Here are some active sitting exercises that you can use to improve your active sitting posture.
These exercises will also help strengthen our core, balance, and stability by using the muscles in our body that we are not normally accustomed to engaging when seated.
1) Raise hands above head arms straight up (palms facing each other) with elbows bent at 90° Holding position for 30 seconds.
2) Tuck chin in, with shoulders down and back Holding the position for 30 seconds. Repeat the above exercise a few times to gain better stability while seated.
3) Elbows at 90° by side of the body, palms facing up Lifting arms from sides to a 45-degree angle (arms should be parallel to the floor) Keeping elbows at the same angle, rotate arms so palms face front Bringing hands together to meet above the head.
4) Elbows at 90° by side of the body (fingers pointing forward) Taking elbows back and then bringing them closer towards the chest. Do it for about 20 reps per set.
Active sitting is a great way to improve our posture, core strength, balance, and stability. By practicing active sitting regularly, we can enjoy many benefits including improved circulation, increased energy levels and better concentration.