Each New Year, we fall into the habit of making the same resolutions.
Get fit. Lose weight. Save money.
These resolutions often get broken, usually with the excuse that our jobs take up too much time to work on our personal well-being.
With the year settling down, now is the perfect time to tailor some ergonomic resolutions to improve your overall well-being, comfort and productivity.
2. Stand: Sitting in the same position for a long time anywhere is not good because it exerts excessive stress on your spine. Try alternating sitting with time standing when making phone calls, or where able, obtain a standing desk. It’s important to make sure you don’t stand for a full day as this can lead to sore or swollen feet and lower back pain. Make sure that you don’t hunch or shift to one side in standing, and consider placing one foot on a footrest or step to take the pressure off the lower back.
4. Move throughout the day: Being stationary increases the risk developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Consider having a regular walking meeting to get that blood pumping while you’re generating ideas. If you can fit it in, try and do some exercise 30-60 minutes three times a week during your lunch break, or make sure you take the stairs rather than the elevator for some incidental exercise. Remain hydrated- not only is it good for you but it will prompt you to get up more to refill your bottle or head to the bathroom.
6. Get a ‘tune up’: It’s easy to adapt to your working environment, and sometimes you need an objective eye to evaluate your space and help you make changes to improve your well-being. Consider getting an Ergonomic Workstation Assessment. A professional will be better equipped to look at how you work and what you do, and find ways to improve your comfort and productivity.