We sit at work. We sit in our cars. We sit at home. Is it any wonder we feel caged and constricted in our bodies, limited in our range of movements?
The Silicon Valley lifestyle is not a kind one when it comes to our bodies. Long drives to work, sitting for 8 to 14 hours a day at our jobs, unwinding in front of the TV or getting back in front of the computer at home – all of this wreaks havoc on our posture and our ability to perform natural movements, such as folding forward and backward.
When we sit in a chair, our hamstring muscles partially contract, even though they are not actively working. The subsequent muscle tightness prevents proper knee and hip movement, contributing to knee pain as well as tight lower back muscles. And a poor seated posture can translate into poor breathing, which often results in pain.
Any wonder why sitting is dubbed the “New Smoking”?
Befriending our hamstrings can give us relief from back pain, improve our posture, improve our range of motion around the hip, and help us sit more efficiently, which can ultimately improve our ability to breathe.
Want more info? Check out the “Roll Out Your Forward Fold” workshop coming up on Saturday, May 30. We’ll explore strategies to unwind our hamstrings and “fluff” our buttocks. And we’ll take a closer look at the knee and its neighbors.