Sitting at a desk all day isn't as fun as many people may think. The back pain, wrist pain, sore neck, eyestrain, shoulder pain, the list goes on! Your muscles become weaker and inflexible from sitting for long periods of time, increasing the chance of injury! Your posture worsens and weight gain can often be associated for sitting for extended periods of time. The human body really starts to feel the impact and can take a mental toll! But never fear, Taconnet is here! We have found a couple of ways to keep your body safe and sound and feeling good in the workplace.
Check Your Set Up
Your desk can be your worst enemy. Desk orientation is the first area you'll want to check and fix. Your chair needs to be at a proper height with the proper support you need. If you don't have enough lower back support you won't be able to sit comfortably and that leads to other issues. You will want to also check your computer monitor height and angle. If you sit at a laptop all day without some type of laptop stand, you'll soon find yourself with your head tilted very low, shoulders slumped and leaned forward, and you are the one who will feel the most severe next and shoulder pain. With a higher monitor (ot a laptop stand), your neck raises, so your shoulders are further back and your posture will be way better. You'll find the normal tense feeling will have nearly vanished.
Pro Tip: If you want to help your entire body and not just the upper half, try out a standing desk, as long as it's the correct height for you. You increase the blood flow in your legs, help your hips, and are more apt to move around rather than stay in one place. Switching to a standing desk will not be smooth. By the middle of Day 2 you might have to sit down between bursts of standing from sore feet and back, but by the end of Week 1 you'll be surprised you used to sit so much.
When you're in the zone, you don't notice that you've been sitting in the same exact position for over 3 hours without even a single stretch. One way to help you feel a little better is to change your position. Even a change in your weight distribution changes the way your body will feel. However, every 20-30 minutes get up. Go do something. Take a walk around the office, go talk to someone about something, re-fill your water, or do some simple stretches in your office (specific stretches exist that will help your hips, spine, joints, shoulders, and neck). Moving around will help increase your blood flow and is a good way to wake up in the morning when partnered with a cold glass of water (coffee alternatives!) and is also a good way to kick start your metabolism.
Pro Tip: We are all tired and just want to relax after a long day at the office, but you've already been sitting for a good portion of the 8 hours of work you did. Going home to sit back down for another 3-5 hours isn't always in your best interest. To keep your body happy, try to do something active when you get home. Cleaning your living space, taking a walk, walking the dog, going to the gym, doing some at home exercises, or taking up a yoga class are some good examples of actions you can take to increase your mobility, flexibility, and strength.
Overall, following these tips and tricks are a great way to improve your productivity and you will find that you feel a lot more comfortable while at work and outside of work. You'll find yourself saving money on massagers, professional massage, or any type of service that would solve your problem short term.
-The Taconnet Team