2020 Prepper Health & Fitness Challenge: Day 19

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by Daisy Luther

Here are the small habits we’re incorporating into our daily lives.

  1. We’re drinking water before we drink other beverages.
  2. We’re adding a serving of fruit or veggies before each meal.
  3. We’re adding more movement to our day.
  4. We are performing 5 minutes of gentle stretches before we get out of bed in the morning.
  5. We are focusing on some rest or relaxation time on a daily basis.
  6. Replacing calorie-laden, nutritionally-barren snacks with fruits and veggies.
  7. Adding in the new habits to support the changes you want to make. (This will be different for all of us, based on our goals.

Today’s Challenge

How do you sit?

We spend more time sitting than ever before and the way you sit can have a lot of bearing on your wellness. Sitting properly can help you to avoid wear and tear on your joints and ligaments. So even that time you spend watching television or working at the computer can have a lot of bearing on your health.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, here’s how to sit “properly.”

  • Sit up with your back straight and your shoulders back. Your buttocks should touch the back of your chair.
  • All 3 normal back curves should be present while sitting. You can use a small, rolled-up towel or a lumbar roll to help maintain the normal curves in your back.
  • Sit at the end of your chair and slouch completely.
  • Draw yourself up and accentuate the curve of your back as far as possible. Hold for a few seconds.
  • Release the position slightly (about 10 degrees). This is a good sitting posture.
  • Distribute your body weight evenly on both hips.
  • Bend your knees at a right angle. Keep your knees even with or slightly higher than your hips. (Use a foot rest or stool if necessary.) Do not cross your legs.
  • Keep your feet flat on the floor.
  • Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.
  • At work, adjust your chair height and work station so that you can sit up close to your work and tilt it up toward you. Rest your elbows and arms on your chair or desk, keeping your shoulders relaxed.
  • When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.
  • When standing up from the sitting position, move to the front of the chair. Stand up by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist. Immediately stretch your back by doing 10 standing backbends. (source)

Focus today on sitting correctly. For the first few days, you may find it uncomfortable, but when it becomes a habit, it will help your alignment.

How do you usually sit?

What is your normal sitting position? What changes do you need to make to support your frame?

 

Daisy Luther

About the Author

Daisy Luther

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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