When it comes to workplace wellness, your workstation set up plays a big role in your physical health, stress and energy levels, and productivity. Studies have shown, on average, Americans spend nearly 56 hours per week sitting. Sitting in one position for prolonged periods of time takes a toll on your spine, increasing the risk of aches and pains and decreasing your productivity and alertness throughout the day. A proper workstation set up will help you maximize comfort and performance while at work. Taking a break by walking to a local San Francisco coffee shop rather than the coffee maker in the office or working out during your lunch break, will also combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting.
Why an Ergonomic Office?Companies that offer ergonomic workstations report a 40% improvement in organizational productivity. Creating a comfortable, ergonomic office promotes neutral posture, which is the ideal alignment of your vertebrae. This position alleviates disc pressure and muscle pain while promoting healthy blood flow. Finding relief from pain and strains can help to improve other areas of work such as your level of alertness, energy, and focus.
Common pains that happen due to improper ergonomics include: back, shoulder, and neck pain, headaches, eye fatigue and strain, spinal curvature, poor circulation, swelling and numbness of the legs and tingling of the arms, hands and fingers. With a proper workstation, you can avoid these aches and pains.
Ergonomic Office EssentialsA healthy ergonomic office is the sum of many parts. These parts work together to help you stay comfortable and efficient at work while preventing pain and discomfort. While it isn’t always easy to avoid improper ergonomic behaviour, there are ways to help ease the pain. • Invest in ergonomic office essentials such as a Standing Desk. Transitioning to a standing desk gives you the ability to easily change positions from sitting to standing to relieve stress on your spine, increase circulation, and mental alertness.
• Find better comfort, better posture, and better health with an ergonomic office chair. Look for a chair that offers lumbar support and adjusts to your body’s needs.
• Leg activity is crucial to maintaining comfort and good circulation. By using a raised footrest you can counteract the negative effects of sitting, reduce lower back pressure and increase blood flow.
• Monitor arms and laptop raisers make it easy for you to find greater comfort and ergonomic positioning while relieving eye and neck strain.
Flexibility Is KeyEvidence has shown that varying postures throughout the day has significant health benefits. Whether you are using an adjustable Standing Desk, or taking 5-10 minute breaks to get up and move around, you will improve your circulation, minimize static muscle fatigue, and keep your spine nourished. Incorporate daily walking breaks around your San Francisco neighborhood or find simple office stretches that can be done at your desk. The important thing to remember is finding time for movement throughout the day.
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