Healthy Workplaces - Part II
Now that you have got your office desk set up correctly it is time to look at some other ideas to help you be healthy and productive at work.
Additional Healthy Workplace Productivity Tips
Detection. Listen to your body - early detection and prompt treatment is the best way to correct possible damage. The subtle aches and pains we experience may be our bodies' way of telling us that something needs attention.
- Avoid fatigue at the office by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Set reminders in your phone or on the computer to get out of your chair every 30 minutes for stretch breaks to avoid prolonged periods of sitting.
- Pay attention to your posture—sit tall with your lower back slightly arched, your shoulders pulled back and your chin tucked in.
- To offset repetitive strain injury:
Prevention. Practicing good work habits and applying ergonomics at work can go a long way in offsetting injuries.Activity. Strengthening our bodies through proper diet and regular exercise can help them handle the work we put them through. Also, try the workplace stretches below to give your muscles and bones a break.
Workplace Stretches to Relieve Muscle/Joint Tension
Done frequently and properly, the following exercises can be performed at work to help relieve joint and muscle tension and offset injury. A few things to remember about doing exercises:
- If you are under medical treatment, please contact your physician before doing any of the following suggested exercises.
- Perform all exercises within your comfort zone, and breathe naturally.
- Stretches should be done slowly and smoothly. Do not bounce or strain. Hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds.
- If you feel discomfort, STOP.
Wrist and Forearm Stretches
Thoracic Spine Stretches
Neck and Chest Stretches
Glut and Hip Stretches
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