The best way to prevent back pain is to make sure you’re sitting with correct posture while you work. It can be hard not to slouch, but your body will thank you for it.
When sitting at your desk, make sure you sit tall and lengthen through the crown of your head. Support your lower back in the back rest of chair with your feet flat on the floor or slightly elevated on a footrest and hip distance apart. Relax your ribs and breathe gently into base of lungs.
Your desk set up is essential when it comes to helping you maintain good posture and preventing musculoskeletal issues like neck, hip and back pain, and headaches.
Being aware of your body and developing good habits will help you stay focused while you study. A few simple strategies to work on:
Listen to your body – if you feel a little discomfort get up and stretch. Some examples include:
Need more stretching ideas? Sign up for a free workshop with Trish and hosted by the STAR Team, to help you work some more movement into your study schedule. If you're worried about your study posture, a limited number of 10 minute consultations are available to show you how to sit the right way.