Even working in an office can put unnoticeable strain on the body. From your office’s ergonomics to simple lifestyle changes, here’s how to prevent injuries and stay healthy while on the job.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking.” This can be pretty daunting considering most of us spend at least half of our waking hours sitting. However, there is hope! Research shows that you can reduce your risk of cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease by sitting less. If you work in an office, consider transitioning your work space so that your desk and chair height is adjustable. Standing even for short periods throughout the day can be beneficial to your health. For example, when compared to sitting, standing increases your metabolic rate by reducing your blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Standing can even help reduce your back pain and help keep you feeling alert and productive!
Make Time to Move
If your job is mostly sedentary, it’s essential that you time block physical activity into your day. This can be done by going on a quick stroll or taking advantage of the office gym during lunch. When you arrive at the beginning of the day, park farther away from the building and opt for the stairs over the elevator. Have a phone call or conference room meeting? Use it as an opportunity to move! Walk to the nearest coffee shop or simply step out of the office so you can walk and talk. Making these habits is not only good for your body, but can boost your mood and creativity.
Wear the Right Shoes
If you’re going to be standing and moving more throughout the day, it’s important that you are wearing good shoes. Contrary to popular belief, there’s more to a shoe than size. Shoes should have a stiff heel, offer adequate arch support, and allow your toes to bend. The wrong shoe can place too much stress on your bones and joints; resulting in Achilles tendon, back, and arthritis pain. A specialty shoe shop can help fit you with the right shoe for your body.
Watch Your Posture
Your posture when you sit, stand and walk largely effects your muscles and ligaments. Stretching daily can help strengthen the body and create more flexibility and balance. However, a properly positioned workstation can also help reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. Your thighs should be horizontal with the floor and feet should rest flat on it. Your lower back should also be supported by your chair and your elbows should be at 90 degree angle when typing so that your wrists remain straight.
If you are experiencing arthritis, tendon, back or joint pain of any kind, contact Dr. Stacie Grossfeld and the Orthopaedic Specialists of Louisville, Kentucky at 502-212-2663.