If you have an office job or a job that requires sitting for eight hours or more, you could be jeopardizing your own health. What is wrong with sitting environments and what tips can we learn to avoid the risk of hurting our own bodies? For example, most people will experience headaches, neck, shoulder, back, and even leg pain. Some will get numbness in the arms, wrist, legs and feet. A few reasons for the above aches and pains in the office include:
- The most obvious is being non-active for long periods of time.
- Using the computer typing can cause straining or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Sitting or slumping in your chair can cause poor posture and weak back and shoulder muscles.
- A stationary position for too long at a time may cause bad moods and a lack of creativity opposed to taking small breaks and refreshing one’s self.
Our workplace is an important part of our life and staying healthy and energized play a big role in our well-being, which affects our job and our home life. We have to find ways to help our bodies and minds to stay alert, creative, and eager to get the job done. Here are eight tips to a healthier work setting.
1: Adjust Work Area or Desk to a Proper Height
To avoid straining or bending over at the desk, it would be a good idea to adjust the desk to a proper sitting for your body to feel the most comfortable. Many people don’t think about this, but it can lead to bad pains in the back if your desk is not the right height or proportions for your body. You must take control of your work area and adjust everything to suit you.
2: Adjust Your Monitor Position
As mentioned above, you must take control of your work area. Placing everything within reach on your desk is the most essential thing to do. Next, adjusting your keyboard and monitor is important for your typing and viewing. Resting your wrist properly is vital, especially while typing. Having your monitor at a view to where you aren’t straining your neck or eyes is equally important. Also, make sure your eyes line up with the top of the monitor, which is an ideal height to go by. You can find equipment to adjust your monitor at office supply stores. Also you can buy the extra leaf for the keyboard in order to rest your wrist as typing.
3: Book Stand for Reading Material
Book stands are still popular in the workplace, especially if researching or typing from material. We should always consider this device in order to provide ease and comfort. It prevents neck strain due to being able to adjust the material to your eye level. The longer you read, the more important you will find the book stand to be.
4: Use a Headset when Talking on the Phone
Have you ever had to hold the phone between your ear and shoulder while multitasking? After a few hours of this, you are ready for the chiropractor. Not only does it cause excruciating neck pain, but this can cause headaches and poor posture as well. Headsets are a “neck” saver, and you will find that they make your job much easier.
5: Exercise Ball instead of a Chair
Another tip, and maybe the most comfortable of all tips, is using an exercise ball as a chair at your desk. It is a wonderful invention for exercise, and an even better one to use in your daily work station. The exercise ball can improve posture and body strength. The ball not only helps circulation of the body, but you are not so inclined to sit slouchy or slumped at the desk.
6: Wobble Board as a Footrest
The wobble board is an interesting tool used in the workstation. It’s a footrest which provides an elevated platform. It helps the legs to rest and keeps them from feeling too much pressure in the back. When you can, stand on the wobble board. It can eliminate stiffness from muscles and joints in our legs.
7: A Power Web
Keeping the hand and wrist strengthened is vital to working at the computer or office. The power web is an elastic resistant web-like hand stretcher. It stretches the muscles of the hands, wrists, and forearms. You can even exercise and stretch your fingers with this fantastic device. The power web relieves stress and tension. If you are one to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, consider buying this device, whether you work in the office or not.
8: Taking Mini Breaks
Working non-stop until lunch seems like the respectable thing to do when working in the office with computers, researching, typing, answering phones, and a million other things. However, it is not mentally or even physically healthy.
All the above tools or ideas can help, but sometimes, just a simple four minute break with your eyes off of the screen, ears off of the phone or headset, fingers off of the keyboard will help you considerably. Get up, move around, walk to get a drink of water, or just do some stretches. The mini break can give enough pause to the job at hand to where you will feel refreshed and renewed to handle many more hours of work.