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Our sedentary lifestyle is one of the biggest reasons for rampant musculoskeletal pain. After all, cavemen ran to hunt and gather — and generally lived the opposite of what most of us “desk jockeys” do all day: sitting, hunched over in front of a screen.

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In fact, even if you work out regularly, it’s not enough to combat the constant forward tug of modern-day living: slouching for seven or more hours a day, text messaging, driving in a car on a long commute and eating at your desk.

All of this can lead to what I call “disuse syndrome,” when your muscles aren’t given enough to do and they become weaker and smaller as a result.And while these daily conditions aren’t going to change anytime soon, there are lots of easy actions you can take to help ward off the negative effects — at work, on the go, and at home.

Methods for the Office:

Research shows that sitting — besides leading to stiffness in your hips and glutes — is also bad for your circulation and heart, and can even slow down brain function.

Bottom line: You need to make sure you don’t remain still in the same position for a long time. Here are some of my favorite methods:

Every 30 minutes get up and do something, whether it’s going to the printer, filling up your water glass or taking a quick standing stretch. Even better, instead of emailing a co-worker, go over to her desk to have a conversation about the topic in-person.

Shift your weight every few minutes. Lean back, arch your back and move a bit to take the pressure off of the forward hunch.

Head out of the office and take a brisk walk. The fresh air and motion will help fight the effects of sitting too long in one position.

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This article was republished with permission from Mind Body Green you can find the original article here.

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