This post is a little different from my others as I wanted to focus a little more on physical health which is something I haven’t had chance to shed a light on.
On the 8th September I was invited to a wellness event run by Viking in collaboration with the Fellowes Sit-Stand desk. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend the event but I was sent some great information about the desk and the importance of physical health in the work environment. I thought that this would be a great topic for a post as a lot of people forget how important workplace wellbeing is. Seeing as the majority of my work is done at a desk with uni work and blogging, I also thought I could offer some useful tips on how I stay healthy when working.
The Facts ♥
Ergonomics is the study of workplace furniture and equipment being placed in a way which promotes comfort, efficiency and wellbeing. 94% of workers in Europe spend on average 7 hours a day working at a computer and 1 in 3 are suffering daily from adverse side effects as a result. These stats demonstrate just some of the negative side effects of sitting at a desk all day and how these impact our health. It is really important that employers start taking this into account and coming up with ways that they can improve the workplace environment.
Some of the problems associated with sitting for long periods of time include arthritis, anxiety and depression and even dementia. Standing, on the other hand, is said to promote blood circulation, concentration and energy and productivity.
I suffer from weak knees and hips and I can honestly say that sitting down for long periods of time makes my condition much worse. I can really feel a difference at the end of the day if I have been sitting down for the majority of it and my knees and hips are very stiff and painful.
Here are some of the ways that I ensure I am moving around enough each day and keep my physical health in check whilst working at a desk.
1) Sit up straight to avoid back problems.
Sitting hunched can create tension in the back so it is important to try and remember to sit up straight against the back of the chair.)
2) Take regular breaks to walk around
I take around 20 minute breaks between sitting and try to go for a short walk in this time. This could be to the shops, around campus or even just around the house cleaning up bits and bobs)
3) Take breaks from typing to reduce the risk of RSI
Repetitive strain injury is caused by repetitive movements and overuse of a particular part of the body. It’s really important to take breaks from typing to avoid this from happening in the hands and wrists.)
4) Work for a set amount of hours each day
Try not to overwork yourself and stop at a certain time each day)
5) Work in different environments for more comfort
I will work at my desk at home, desks at uni or in more comfy places like the sofa or on the bed. Work in different places to allow your body to stretch out and relax)
6) Do simple exercises when at the desk
You can do circular motions with your ankles or retracting and extending the legs to increase circulation and movement)
7) Ensure your chair is at the right height for your desk
If you have to hunch or overextend to get to your desk then your chair is not at the right position. Make sure it is to avoid back problems in the future.
I hope that these tips have been useful and will help you to find ways that you can stay active even at work. I understand that some of the tips may be a bit more difficult if you work in an office environment but they can be adapted to suit you.
For more information on ergonomics and the sit-stand desk by Fellowes UK visit www.fellowes.com and the following link!: http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/bb/Ergonomics-Shop/N=2+1342465/&cm_sp=ts-vikingshop-_-cat-_-Ergonomics#tab:3