One thing is certain when it comes to helping the NCR CAF personnel in a sedentary work setting: the more often you move, the better you will feel.
Did you know that when we are immobile for long periods of time, like sleeping at night or sitting at work, the interfaces between our muscles grow a kind of “fuzz”? The stiff feeling we get is explained by the solidifying of our tissues, our muscles are no longer gliding alongside each other, they are getting stuck to one another because of the “fuzz” that forms when we don’t move. In the morning when we get up or when we stand up out of our chair at work and stretch, the “fuzz” melts away! So we need to move and stretch often to “melt the fuzz” that is building up between the sliding surfaces of our musculature. The less we move, the more “fuzz” builds up over time and the harder or more challenging it will become for us to restore our normal/natural range of motion in our joints. This also is very true when we have an injury that we are protective of and voluntarily reduce our movement in that joint. The longer we take to start moving the injured joint, the harder it will be to do so. To avoid this, seeking physiotherapy as quickly as possible is imperative to getting a proper assessment of the injury and timely guidance on how and when to move again.
Here are a few practical tips to incorporate in your daily routine:
-Stand up every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch and move on the spot.
-Send yourself reminders at first to get into the habit of taking these micro breaks.
-Listen to your body! Your aching back, hips, legs and shoulders are desperate for you to get up and move.
-Drink more water. This will not only keep you well hydrated which is vital, but will force you to get up and walk to the washroom more often in the day.
-Get up and go talk to your co-worker if the conversation doesn’t need to be sent via-email.
-Do your daily PT! PSP CFSU(O) offers fantastic classes at various times during the day including mobility sessions to help you move better and smarter.