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Office Ergonomics – Don’t Just Sit There

- January 4, 2019 by Jason Rozar (View all posts by Jason)

Movement invigorates the mind, leads to higher productivity, reduces back pain and increases your energy levels. It also helps the blood circulate oxygen and nutrients throughout your body. Some studies have shown that lack of movement throughout the day may increase your cholesterol, blood pressure and overall risk for diabetes.

Office workers and clerical employees sit for several hours at a time. For this post, I’ll be sharing ideas you can pass along to your team to help them be more active at the office. The below tips are small things that anyone can do that have huge workplace benefits!

Drink more water — This will result in a more frequent need to use the restroom and be a reminder to get out of your seat.

Don’t eat at your desk — The short break from your desk will not only invigorate your mind it will also get you some much-needed steps by walking to the breakroom.

Walk with a buddy during your lunch break — When you break of the monotony of the day with a little movement, you’ll be able to come back refreshed for a productive afternoon. Socializing with others can do wonders for ones mood also. Just try your best to avoid conversing about work while you on your break

Never call a coworker that is just down the hall — Instead, walk over to their desk and follow up with them in person.

Exercise at your desk — Practice sitting up straight, extend your legs five times, reach your hands over your head and stretch.

Consider a sit-stand desk — Having an adjustable desk provides for a way to change positions while you keep productively working.

The key is to interrupt the sitting and incorporate movement. Not moving throughout the day causes a decrease in blood flow and can drain you of your energy. So let’s get moving!

 
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