ESTIMATED READING TIME: 3 MINUTES
How many hours a day do you spend sitting at your desk, staring at a computer screen? Six, seven, eight … more? In today’s modern office, we often feel chained to our technology and it is contributing to poor health habits. With our new tech-centric lifestyles comes bad posture and poor health choices that can, should and need to be fixed.
Aches & Pains
“My back/neck/shoulders is/are killing me!” It’s becoming a common chorus in offices throughout the work day. Many people have upper and lower back pain because their computer is not properly positioned on their desk.
Place your keyboard near your arms around waist height and watch the magic happen. By simply positioning your computer here, you are forcing your body into a better posture already. Place your monitor at eye level and make sure your feet are flat on the floor. Essentially, you want your body to be in complete right angles.
Stretch & Exercise
Every 30 minutes or so, take a quick break. A few quick exercises performed throughour the day will prevent any pain from staying sedentary for too long. Rotate your wrists and shoulders, stretch your neck from side to side and up and down and stretch your arms up and back and feel the relief. Don’t forget to stretch your legs as well. Make a figure four by putting your ankle on your knee and lean forward to loosen your hip flexors — tight hip flexors can also lead to a sore lower back. And don’t forget to get up and walk around every now and then!
Don’t let a long day at the office destroy your off time. A few stretches throughout the day and a simple rejig of your desk and you’ll find the aches and pains just melt away.