4 sitting positions that could be hurting your body (and how to fix them)

While sitting may seem like common sense (after all, you’ve been sitting your whole life), if you experience back pain, shoulder pain, or headaches after a day at the office, your style of sitting could be contributing to your problems.

Sitting for too many hours — at work, in the car, or in front of the TV — can take a toll on your muscles and joints, especially if you slouch, sit with your legs crossed, or tuck one leg under your butt.

Here’s why: Your spine has curves that act as shock absorbers. When you sit, you round your spine, which eliminates the curves. This creates an unequal distribution of pressure along your spine and back. Over time and with poor sitting habits, this extra pressure can lead to tension headaches, disc problems, and pain in your lower back and shoulders.

Check out these common seated positions that can hurt your body, and how to fix them.

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Kelsey Webb

As an editorial assistant at EXOS, I'm eager to help others improve every aspect of their lives through healthy living. I enjoy bringing effective strategies and information to light by working with experts in all fields.

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