It's been dubbed the new smoking by Dr James Levine, an internationally recognised obesity expert and professor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, who adds, "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death." Scarily, even the fittest and healthiest among us are at risk.
It's estimated that the average Australian sits for more than six hours a day and the results are certainly being seen by Elixr's resident physiotherapist, Daniel Kerner, who’s been treating more and more patients for posture-related back and neck pain.
The good news though is that it's not too late to correct your posture. By adding these five quick and easy exercises to your workday (all of them can be done at your desk) you can kick start your journey towards a better posture, without breaking a sweat.
1. Cervical retraction
2. Chest opener
3. Thoracic rotations
4. Pelvic rocks
5. Gluteal stretch
What if I’m still in pain?
If you're struggling with persistent pain, it may be time to book an appointment with a qualified physiotherapist. Daniel Kerner is based at Elixr Bondi Junction, where he offers:
About Daniel Kerner
Daniel is a graduate of the University of Sydney and is skilled at identifying and correcting bio-mechanical faults in movement patterns. He also works as a physiotherapist for the Wests Tigers NRL club.