3 Ways to Improve Your Office Health
Whether you’re a sole trader, a small business owner or a partner it’s likely you spend a large proportion of your time hunched over a screen. We’ve all done it, you get engrossed in yet another vital task and before you know it you have spent hours in the same cramped position and are aching all over. Our lives are becoming more and more sedentary and unfortunately this has a big impact on our bodies and our health. A poor workstation posture can make us more prone to shoulder, back and wrist complaints as well as having an adverse effect on our weight and heart. But it’s not just our physical health that suffers due to improper posture and an inactive lifestyle, our mental health is also under strain. Exercise is brilliant at creating a rush of endorphins (the feel good hormone) and improving our cognitive functioning. Essentially, remove the exercise and that sluggish, brain burn feeling creeps in.
So far, so depressing right? Fear not, there are steps you can take to prevent poor posture, up your office activity levels and to add a little brain boosting exercise to your day. Follow our top tips to encourage a little more activity in your business and perhaps improve productivity right along with it!
Work out your Workstation
So many of us are guilty of poor posture and positioning at our desk when this is vital to a comfortable and frankly happy workday. Ensure both you and your staff have a workstation that really works by ensuring you use a posture enhancing chair and setting monitors slightly above eye level to prevent slouching over screens. The correct posture should be feet at 90 degrees to the ground either flat on the floor or on a foot rest, lower back flat against the chair and an upright upper back and neck position. For all you home workers it may be tempting to work curled on the couch or sat at the breakfast bar but in the end this will only leave you with a bad back so set up a designated work space. Want to be a real office health superstar? Put in a couple of standing desks to get you or your staff up on your feet for a greater portion of the day.
It’s a horrible word and a bit of an alien concept but promoting some discreet office based exercise is a great way to stretch out aching muscles and get some endorphins flowing. From a straightforward neck stretch to some simple leg raises any exercise is a good thing and 10 minutes in every 90 is enough to really feel the benefit. One the most difficult things about ‘Deskercise’ is getting over the hump of embarrassment around exercising in the workplace so lead by example and make this a normal part of your office culture.
Up Outside Activity
Whether it’s a cycle to work scheme, subsidised gym membership or just taking the stairs rather than the lift encouraging extra activity outside the office can pay dividends for you inside it by creating a focused and healthier workforce. Even if you are a sole trader ensuring you add in a walk to your usual lunchbreak can increase your overall activity levels and your health. So get outside and get moving in your down time to feel happier and more productive when you are behind your desk.
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