Your Office Could Be Making You Sick
Given that we spend most of our days sitting down in the office or in meetings, it comes as no surprise that we aren’t getting enough exercise or physical activity to guard against preventable health concerns. Even the commute to work for most of us, involves sitting down for long periods of time. More and more Australians are suffering from back and other health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle and poor posture.
So how do we stay healthy in an office? The key is to keep your workplace moving. This blog post offers up some simple yet effective tips on how to improve posture and increase your activity levels even when you are ‘locked up’ inside the office.
Big changes start with little changes – every little change helps
It may seem like a huge jump to overhaul your lifestyle but the good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once. Making little, incremental changes in your daily routine is a sure fire way to improve your health in the longer term.
A great idea is to catalogue all the possible health/OHS risks present in your workplace and provide solutions to mitigate them. For risks associated with mental health, musculoskeletal disorders and general wellbeing, consider the following areas1:
- Health and wellbeing
- The work environment
- Disease and illness
- Lifting, pushing and pulling
Stay active in the office – x7 tips
Prevention is easier than cure – cultivate good habits today and reap the rewards for years to come. For example, you could:
- Walk part of the way to work, by getting off a stop earlier or walking to the next bus stop at the start of your commute
- Choose to take the stairs over the lift where practical e.g. you work on the second floor.
- Stand up wherever possible when working e.g. when having phone meetings, talking to colleagues to proof reading a hardcopy document
- Start a group fitness session on your lunch break. Either go to the gym or find an activity for your colleagues to do, or share the cost of a group personal trainer. You are more likely to have success in a group, plus it’s fun.
- Improve your posture by ensuring your office chair is ergonomically designed, including lumbar support or the addition of a lumbar cushion
- Your computer screen should be at eye level and one arms length away from you – invest in a computer riser or adjustable screen stand
- Apply the 5-1 rule: for every 50 minutes you are sitting down, get up and move around for the next 10 minutes.
Here at Aeonic, we want to keep your workplace moving! You are more productive when you are physically active, thereby reducing your health risks.
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