Back pains, eye strain, wrist problems...the modern work environment has a whole host of health issues built into it. Without having the right office setup, you can find yourself suffering from aches and pains that can make the workplace feel unbearable. The wrong setup can cause stress, aching and physical pains that may lead to irritation and even serious health issues. The good news? A lot of these issues can be fixed simply, easily and without much effort at all.
Office ergonomics is the focus on how to make your work space more efficient, by changing the physical aspects that may be holding you back. Here are some basic changes you can make to ensure a more productive workday and less at home pains.
People have funny ways of holding the mouse and even stranger ways of typing. There's nothing wrong with being unique, but improper form can cause wrist pains and even carpal tunnel. Try keeping your wrists and forearms straight while typing and keep your wrist slightly elevated while using the mouse, so it isn't angled. If possible, consider buying a mouse with a wrist rest.
I'm sure your mother at some point told you to sit up straight. Throughout a long work day it may be difficult, but good posture is key to keeping your back healthy. If you are able to, adjust your chair so you are sitting with your back straight, your legs 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. This will help with back pains, feet pains and even keeping you more alert and active.
Eye strain can become a major issue, especially if you are spending your entire day at your desk. Make sure your screen is about 20-30 inches from your face and you are facing directly forward towards it. If need be, adjust the brightness of the screen, as well as the contrast. There are certain software programs that can help with adjusting your screen for the time of day, which can be very effective with reducing the strain on your eyes.
Remember, strange and awkward angles may feel good for a few minutes, but in the long run, they may cause health issues. If you're feeling restless, stand up every once in a while and move around a bit. Stretch and relax; then sit back down with your back straight, wrists straight and head facing forward. These tips may seem pretty simple, but they could be the difference between a productive day at work and a rough day with serious pains.© 2015 Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion
Yoga offers many physical, mental, spiritual and health benefits. Physical benefits depend on the intensity and type of yoga class. Hot yoga, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa are the most intense styles of yoga, each with their own philosophy and techniques. While these styles of yoga get your heart pumping and require vigorous muscle activity, thereby increasing cardiovascular capacity and muscle strength, it doesn't replace traditional cardiovascular or strength training exercise. Here's why...
Many of us who have traveled down the road of trying to get into shape know that, like in most of life, there’s strength in numbers. Individuals that have experienced the most success in losing weight and getting in better physical shape have a strong support structure. Exercise buddies and groups provide accountability, a sense of healthy competition, and an element of fun to an otherwise dreary-seeming endeavor: that of losing weight and exercising.
There are two main types of group exercise classes: anaerobic and aerobic. Any facility or business that offers on-site fitness activities would ideally incorporate both of these avenues. Anaerobic classes are typically strength and flexibility-based such as Pilates, yoga, tai chi, etc. These types of exercises are ideal for individuals with high stress as well as those who suffer from chronic illness or have limited mobility. Aerobic classes can include dance-based exercises such asZumba, sports-related activities such as kickboxing, and traditional actions like step aerobics. These exercises help burn fat and build muscle. Because not all individuals have the same needs and capabilities, providing more than one type of activity is crucial.
Promoting group exercise classes is easy; most Americans either want to lose weight or are under advisement by their doctors to do so. Anxiety about not knowing that to do, about feeling lonely, and a lack of motivation and accountability can all be remedied by providing group exercise classes. People enjoy their workouts more and look forward to the next class far more than they anticipate another session of working out alone. To really motivate and inspire people to create a healthy lifestyle for themselves, offering group exercise classes is the surest way to be successful.
For more information on bringing group exercise classes to your workplace, visit Energy in Motion.