Friday, April 6, 2018

More Tips for Working Well

How does your office space impact your body? In my February 16th post, I offered healthy tips to deal with lighting, open floor plans, chair posture and kitchen germs. Today, I'll touch on a few more ways to stay healthy at work.

Working Non-stop

As corporations seek to squeeze more and more from their employees, it's not surprising that office workers are more stressed than ever. That kind of chronic stress raises heart rate, blood pressure and levels of inflammation - all risk factors for heart disease.

Take breaks - walk a lap around the floor, visit the restroom, stand to look out a window. Workers who take short, frequent breaks experience less emotional exhaustion, more job satisfaction and fewer aches and pains than those who don't. 

Too much screen time

On average, we spend more than half our waking hours staring at electronic devices. Studies have found that employees parked in front of a screen for most of the day experienced a reduction in their tear fluid, a typical symptom of dry eye. This is partly because we tend to blink less when we gaze at a screen. Dry eye can lead to strain, irritation and blurry vision.

Give your eyes regular breaks which allows them to regain natural lubrication. Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, gaze at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Sitting Disease

I'm sure you've heard it by now. "Sitting is the new smoking." Staying glued to that desk chair slows your metabolism, deforms your vertebral disks and contributes to weight gain. Every hour you spend sitting in front of the TV shortens your lifespan by 22 minutes - the equivalent to the damage done by smoking two cigarettes.

Try a standing desk, Even better, choose one that moves from standard desk level to standing level. Use the 20 minute eye break rule (above) to stand and stretch your body at your desk. Suggest moving one of your meetings outdoors. Use the stairs at every opportunity. Always stand to take a phone call.

Use these small strategies to create a healthier work environment and 
to feel energized and alert at work.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food

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