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Sitting Posture Evaluation and the Importance of Microbreaks

Here’s a great article posted on Dynamic Chiropractic about posture and microbreaks: link.

Besides some great tips on posture and taking breaks from sitting there is a handy checklist for sitting while driving:

Checklist for Proper Sitting

If I had to make a checklist for proper posture while driving a car, it could include these suggestions:

  • Sit up against the back of the seat with a tall spine.
  • Adjust the seat-pan length so you can permit a fist to pass between the front of the seat and the back of the upper calf.
  • Adjust the backrest up and down to your comfort level. It should be placed firm against your back and may be tilted a bit backward for more comfort.
  • Adjust your hips so they are level and square.
  • Lightly draw your belly button in toward your spine.
  • Lightly push the back of the head against the headrest while maintaining a level chin.
  • Plant your left foot firmly on the floor and dead pedal.
  • Lift the sternal notch.
  • Slightly set the scapulae by rolling them back and down, or back and up (depending on neutral scapula position).
  • Holding this good posture, reach your hand toward the steering wheel at 3 and 9 o’clock or lower and, like I want you to be in life, “keep your foot on the gas pedal.”