Remote work bad for spine, makes us gain weight: experts

According to scientists, remote work has a destructive impact on the spine, and the average person has put on two kilograms during the pandemic. “Working remotely deprived us of extra physical activity that we did not even notice,” said Dr Przemysław Domaszewski from the Department of Antropomotorics and Biomechanics at the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, Opole University of Technology.

“When working remotely, we have everything in close proximity, most people sit at the computer all day. The same applies to children who spend the whole day sitting: first during remote classes, then resting in front of the TV, and then playing computer games.” said Dr Domaszewski.

According to the expert, one of the ways to reduce the negative effects of many hours of sitting is to use desktops at which one works while standing.

“It is very difficult to maintain balance between being active and sitting, which for us is a worse position than standing. I would like to remind you that the natural posture of our body is standing,” Dr Domaszewski added.

“When sitting, the thighs in the front contract, which affects the hips. Then the lordosis of the lumbar region increases, which will increase the kyphosis of the thoracic spine and increase the bend in the cervical spine.” the expert warned.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the pandemic has also increased weight gain with recent data showing that on average, we gained an extra 2 kg.