Working 8 or more hour’s days at a desk takes a toll on your body. Here are 4 simple ways you can stay aligned!
- Why You Should Uncross Your Legs
- Sitting with your legs crossed at your knee can cause your blood pressure to spike. It is recommended that you cross your legs at the ankle.
- Crossing your legs at the knee frequently can also put stress on the hip joints causing pooling of blood in the legs when the veins are compressed.
Avoid crossing your legs for longer than 15 minutes, stretch and walk around every 30 minutes or so to regain blood flow.
- Avoid Wrist Pain
- Operating a key board and mouse all day long causes the tendons in your wrist to constantly be moving back and fourth.
- Constant compression of the wrist can result in carpal tunnel syndrome.
When using your keyboard and mouse hold your wrists naturally so they’re floating horizontally in the air. Adding a wrist rest to your keyboard and mouse is another good idea for support.
- What’s In Your Line Of Vision
- Improper height and position of your monitor can cause strain in your neck if you are constantly having to twist and turn to read your screen.
Place your monitor directly in front of you at least arm’s length away. The monitor should be in a position where you can comfortably read the screen without having to twist your head or neck to read.
- Move Around
- Our bodies simply were not made to sit for long periods of times. Some of the side effects of sitting for long periods of time include:
- Calorie burning drops to 1 per minute
- Enzymes that help break down fat drop 90%
- After 2 hours of sitting- good cholesterol drops 20%
- Electrical activity in the leg muscles shut off
Take a break- stand up, walk around and get outside! Turn your desk into a stand up desk and work on your feet. Try working on a yoga ball instead of the conventional work chair.
Most importantly take into consideration your health! If your body is aching make some changes to your posture and don’t be afraid to ask your employer for the equipment that will relieve your pains of sitting at a desk for 8 or more hours a day.
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