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Office Ergonomics: Movement is Key to a Healthier Office Life

- January 15, 2016 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

Movement invigorates the mind, leads to higher productivity, reduces back pain and increases your energy level.  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.

Do not eat at your desk—the short break from your normal area will not only invigorate your mind, it will also require you to walk to the lunchroom, café, etc.

Walk with a buddy during the lunch break—this is not a marathon preparation time, it’s a chance to put on some comfortable shoes and get some fresh air.

Don’t email or call a coworker that is just down the hall—instead you could walk over to their desk and follow up with them in person.

Exercise at your desk—again, not trying to be Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jane Fonda.  Practice sitting up straight, extend your legs five times, reach your hands over your head and stretch.

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!

For more on ergonomics, check out these recent posts by my colleagues Brian Piñon and Andy Crossland:

“Having an Impact with Ergonomics”

“You and Your Workstation: Making Good Adjustments “

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