Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Back Update: Sitting Really is Bad for Your Health!

An interesting tidbit: Sitting really is the WORST for your health. At least when recovering from a back injury.

It was mid last week when I realized I actually felt pretty good while standing, walking and even running. Back pain was really only noticeable when I was sitting, specifically at my desk chair at work. That's when the lightbulb went on - common sense tells you to rest an injury but could it be possible sitting was slowing recovery??

I had my desk chair adjusted and also made an effort to do more work while standing, which has made a world of a difference. It's a habit I plan on keeping around even after my back is fully recovered. Just like no good comes from idle hands, no good comes from idle glutes or an idle core. 

So this week I finally feel like I've turned the corner in recovery. My back is feeling about 85 percent. Training is on again and I can run pretty much pain free although I still need to take it easy with strength training/gym work, especially anything involving weights or jumping.


And believe me, I need to get back to regular training fast. With my time off, I've been indulging a bit too much on things like




So ... yeah. It's time to get back to the normal routine. This week's training plan from Coach Matt includes:

Monday: 5 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Tuesday: 7 mile workout, inc. 10x400m
Wednesday: 4 recovery miles + Y-Fuse + Y-Core 
Thursday: 5-6 glue miles w/strides + Y-Blitz
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 9 mile run
Sunday: 5 easy miles

Total: 35-36 miles

This week I'm so energized to train! Besides feeling better, I'm also excited to run after spectating the Icebreaker Indoor Marathon Relay over the weekend. Even though I couldn't run, I still wanted to cheer on my Oiselle teammates. 

Photo by Melissa Bennett

Seriously, if you ever need a little extra motivation to run, go spectate a race. My legs were itching to run as I saw how much fun everyone was having. It reminded me how great it feels to run fast and put in that hard effort - but also that there are really great people in the running community. I loved seeing so many of the people I know in the running community as they ran past me on the track. Next year, I will definitely be on the other side of the track barrier ;) 

So that's my update! My questions for you:
  • Have you ever had a back injury? If so, how long did it take you to recovery/what things did you do to speed recovery?
  • Do you use a standing desk at work? Or, what strategies do you use to avoid sitting for too long?
  • What motivates you to run when you're feeling a bit down?

Happy Tuesday!

- ST

14 comments:

  1. I get lower back pain a lot. Most likely from sitting at my desk (even with a good chair that is adjusted well) all day. Being a software engineer I am forced to sit in front of my computer at my desk. They shackle me there!

    I try to get up a least once an hour to move around a bit. Also, as I have mentioned previously, I visit my chiropractor bi weekly for adjustments. Well, at least I try to see Dr. Maddy that often. Other than adjustments she tries to give me pointers on how to live a healthier life via more natural methods.

    One thing I have started to do lately is lock my desk chair in an upright position. I am a bad sloucher. I am horrible at maintaining good posture.

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    1. There need to be more standing desk work stations! I also have my desk chair in a super upright position - that + a pillow seems to help while sitting.

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  2. It looks like you had a really productive week of running. I actually like to stand at my computer. I'm a little odd that way, but I struggle, when I'm sitting, to sit up straight. I find that standing helps me be a bit more mindful of my posture. I also really love chiropractors. :)

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    1. I've never been to a chiropractor but who knows - if this back issue doesn't go away completely soon I may need to see one. I agree that standing while working is great! I even find I get a bit more work done that way :)

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  3. I haven't had a back injury like what you've been going through. I have the back problem that I was just recently diagnosed with, which is an entirely different type of thing. But I think when it comes to your back, you really shouldn't do too much of any one thing while your letting it heal.

    Good luck with your Icebreakers race, looks really fun! I bet you're going to have a great time!!!

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    1. Your back issue is a whole different league - makes mine look like a mere blip. Channeling your positive energy during recovery! :)

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  4. As someone who is currently dealing with a back injury that was partly caused by bad posture, sitting, etc., I hands down agree with this. I'm trying to get up from my desk more and also take stretch breaks. I'm also eating lunch standing up.

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    1. I love the standing lunch idea - I may have to try that one out myself :) Hope your back injury heals up fast!

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  5. When I worked in the office, I had a standing desk because the long-term sitting killed my lowerback! Plus it wasn't very helpful with my marathon training either :s

    That looks like a solid week of training planned - keep up your recovery and happy running :)
    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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    1. Thanks Amy!I never realized it until this back issue appeared but traditional desks really are the worst. Standing desks are the way to go :)

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  6. I have a sitting desk and a standing desk in my cube by since my computer and dual monitors are attached to the sitting one I only use the standing one to do things that don't involve a computer. But in general, I try to get up at least 1-2 times an hour from my desk to talk to coworkers, go to the printer, get water, use the bathroom, etc. But seriously, sitting is the worst thing for your health!!!!

    And agreed, spectating a race is the easiest way to get motivated!!! (and getting accepted to Rock n' Blog!).

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    1. Yes, I so agree on the Rock n Blog acceptance! Looking forward to another fun year of racing :)

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  7. I know that some of my back issues are from sitting a lot at work! Great reminder to get up and move!!

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    1. It's hard to remember to get up and move sometimes but definitely helps relieve back pain!

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