Are you sitting down for this? When it comes to workplace health, improper ergonomics can slow your productivity, drain your energy, and lead to a host of musculoskeletal disorders and cardiovascular problems. One of the biggest culprits damaging your health is also one of the most common waking activities: sitting. The average American adult sits for around 8 hours in a single day. From the moment you sit down, your metabolism plummets. This drains your energy and hurts your overall health. Many medical experts even refer to prolonged sitting periods as “sitting disease” thanks to the significant negative health consequences associated with muscle inactivity, poor blood flow, and bad posture. Even the benefits of an hour of exercise are practically cancelled out by six hours of sitting.
Fortunately, a proper ergonomic office workstation and frequent breaks can go a long way towards fighting off the adverse effects of protracted sitting.
Why an Ergonomic Office?Good ergonomic sense is good economic sense. Ergonomics is about engineering technologies to suit human needs instead of forcing humans to bend and crunch and compact our bodies to accommodate technology. The human body wasn’t designed for the extensive sitting so common to our contemporary computer-based society, so it’s easy to see how chronic discomfort and poor motor activity leads to a dip in productivity.
Proper workstation set up can help reduce and eliminate painful problems like repetitive stress from typing and poor wrist position, back pain from awkward posture,
Ergonomic Office Essentials• Think on your feet, literally. Investments such as an adjustable Standing Desk help boost metabolism and alertness. Since standing all day might not be reasonable, the option to adjust the desk back to accommodate sitting provides practical versatility.
• Poorly positioned monitors and bad lighting can strain vision and lead to headaches. Consider adding a monitor arm to customize the position of your computer screen, bringing the work to you instead of hunching over towards your work. A directional task light with adjustable brightness takes pressure off of the eyes to adjust to the limitations of overhead lights.
• Delicate tissues in your fingers and wrists can be susceptible to Repetitive Stress Injuries. Ergonomic keyboard trays and adjustable mouse platforms not only reduce stress on the hands, but also produce benefits for pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, and the entire spinal region.
• Swollen feet? Ergonomic footrests have been found to boost circulation, reducing swelling and problems in the tendons and joints.
Variety is KeyStudies have shown that taking frequent breaks to stretch your body and move around significantly counter the negative health effects of too much chair time. Small changes can add up to big differences. Adding simple chair yoga stretches to your daily routine, switching to an ergonomic office chair that promotes neutral spine position, and taking your lunch to walk to your favorite Fort Worth sandwich spot are just a few small changes to keep your body healthy and your work pain-free.
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