Listen to your body
Poor Posture at work is common, but avoidable with some simple changes.
Our bodies are very clever, did you know:
- the human body contain nearly 100 trillion cells
- nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles per hour
- the acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades
Just a few amazing facts about our bodies, but one of the things the human body was not intended to do, is being sedentary for long periods of time. Something, those with desk jobs struggle to avoid.
Understand the Risks
Our modern ways of working can create many potential health risks, which come from the long hours that we sit each day at our desks working.
We stop our bodies doing their job, we distort the natural curve of the spine, our muscles start to cramp up and blood flow slows, enzymes responsible for burning fat shut down and fatigue sets in.
Whilst working we will often feel various aches and pains which we generally ignore and work through until lunch or home time.
What we should be doing is listening to our bodies when they say “ouch”.
Adapt to your working situation
This is the time that you need to get up and move around, do some simple stretches, make a coffee or walk to the photocopier.
Kick start your bodies normal functions that have been slowed now while sitting.
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Review your working environment
The more time you spend at your desk the more discomfort you can experience, so experiment with your chair, the position of your monitor/laptop and the position of your mouse to ensure you have the most comfortable working environment that you can create.
It might seem like common sense, but more often than not, we get on with our work every day without giving much thought to the damage we are doing to our bodies through poor posture and being inactive for long periods of time.
Choose the right desk and chair
Poor posture at work is responsible for many problems which are avoidable by choosing workspace furniture which supports your needs.
Choosing the right desk with an appropriate chair to suit your sitting position, which positions you at the optimum distance from your monitor and at the correct height, may seem obvious, but many of us get it wrong and suffer the consequences
Poor Posture at Work
Tips to make your working day healthier
- Try and take regular breaks – get up every 20 minutes for a stretch
- Keep the spine straight when sitting, don’t slouch
- Avoid holding the phone between your shoulder and side of your head
- Position your monitor at the right height and distance
- Avoid crossing your legs
- Try regular desk exercises (like our drumming man above 🙂
- Don’t put up with poor furniture, buy the right equipment for the job
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