With one in two Australian workers spending over half their day seated, Sydney based osteopath Edward Clark is urging office workers to get moving to avoid falling victim to chronic conditions.
Currently, the average Australian is spending more than 22 hours a week behind a desk. Poor posture can result in painful back and neck problems which can lead to a lifetime of painful conditions.
With only one in three Australians achieving the recommended amount of physical activity per week, an astonishing 70-90 per cent will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives.
With Safe Work Month now underway, Clark is recommending workers incorporate stretches, positive changes to their posture to stand up for better health.
Prolonged sitting and a lack of physical activity takes an immense toll on our bodies and is associated with a wide range of health problems, including premature degeneration of spinal discs, inflammation of joints, connective tissues and nerves.
During National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia highlights the importance of incorporating simple movements into our working day to prevent pain and injury.
Try out these exercises at your desk