While we accumulate miles commuting to work, whether we’re a driver or passenger, we also wreak havoc on our spine, which often leads to chronic back pain.
And, that’s not all!
When we get to work, we’re likely to sit in front of our computers, which can cause even more issues.
While working put money in our bank account, sitting at our desk can harm our backs.
Luckily, there are some steps you can take to keep your back strong while you commute and work.
Make sure your seat is at the appropriate height, and your ears are lined up with your shoulders. Also, use supportive armrests to reduce the stress put on the body.
Use your headrest so your head doesn’t hang forward while keeping your attention on the road.
Just as it is a good idea to stretch before physical exertion, it is beneficial to stretch for a few minutes before and after a drive to work or a ride on public transit.
Stretching can decrease muscle tension and relieve the anxiety that may be connected to stressful commutes.
Driving in congested traffic can be a tension-creating experience. As tension is most often felt in the back and neck, consider shrugging your shoulders when paused at a red light.
Obtain a lumbar support for your back if your seat is uncomfortable or roll up a towel and place it between the seat and the small of your back.
Our backs can take a drubbing from all that typing on the keyboard while in a seated position. Make sure that your chair provides enough lumbar support.
Keep your feet firmly planted on the floor and made sure that your keyboard and monitor are at an appropriate height.
It is also a good idea to stand up and move around every 20 minutes.