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Let’s face it, sitting all day is exhausting

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by Lysa Eastman

I do not know about you, but since the pandemic began 9 months ago I have picked up some new aches and pains. Unlike an office, most of our homes are not set up with a dedicated office space equipped with appropriate ergonomic office furniture. However, this does not lead to simply a tight low back. According to research mental fatigue impacts cognitive performance, physical endurance, decreases motor skills, and impairs decision making. So yes, sitting in front of a computer all day is mentally AND physically exhausting.

However, there is a catch, this is true at submaximal physical exertion. That is physical movements that do not require maximum effort. So exercises that require maximum effort and performance are not impaired by cognitive fatigue as it is counteracted by our own perception of our effort! So, once again physical exhaustion from sitting in front of a computer all day is real. But the good news is we can do things to counteract it!

So what can be done? As we have written about before one of the keys is going to be mindful of ourselves and where we are at throughout the day. Such as trying to learn the physical and mental cues that are meant to clue us into our increasing stress or fatigue throughout the day. While at our desk, or during a time when we do not have extended breaks we can do intermittent stretches and add small movements meant to counteract the act of sitting for prolonged periods. Later, even though it does not feel like we have the energy to maintain our exercise regimen to help maintain physical health and help burn off stress. At the end of the day, our bodies are an interconnected system that relies on each other and this highlights the importance of taking care of mind and body.

As always, if you or someone you know is looking for some help during this trying time we can be reached here.

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