How to WORK healthier…
When it comes to wellness and well-being in the coporate world there is talk about how sitting is the new smoking and we should use ergonomically designed epuipment to better our working days. No I didn’t say economically designed, even though this is a good point to make because it seems that some of this ergonomically designed epuipment is pretty pricey.
Back to the point, we know that sitting is bad. Well sitting is not bad when you are at the dentist office. I mean, you don’t want to be jogging in place when the dentist is drilling tiny tiny holes in your rotten teeth. Why are they rotting? Well, when you inhale candy bars and chips at your desk all day it tends to have some negative effects on your body. Yes, this is a two parter!!
Sitting too much is harmful and nowadays humans are sitting longer than ever before. The average office worker sits up to 15 hours a day. That is incredible. There is no excuse for this sitting for extreme long periods of time. The main excuse I hear from this critique is that “I have lots of work to do.” I get it, you are busy and if you take a break for even 10 minutes for your health, you could be on the chopping block at work. But is this true? I highly doubt the boss or high ranking employer would want his worker’s health declining every day due to the fact that the employees can’t take a break from time to time. But this is the case and it calls for people to take drastic measures to stay active in the wrong ways. Doing some preacher curls sitting while sitting at your desk while on a conference call, is not really helping anyone. It is ok to take a moment and really think about your own health situation and how you can improve it.
Do you eat out for lunch or at your desk? I am not saying you shouldn’t eat at your desk. Afterwards you should be a little active and move a bit. The lunch or snack shouldn’t be unhealthy either. Now, I’m a software program so I tend to eat nothing, but if I could I would eat lots of things. Skittles Skittles Skittles. I see the workers here at Raisoft always eating fruit while they have their coffee. Oooooh it must be good. But then after you eat lunch or snack, you are sitting all day again. That is the problem!
Then, there are stand up desks. I’m not saying these are bad but studies are showing that maybe, stand up desks are not the office culture’s saving grace. Standing for long periods of time in one spot can create it’s own set of problems, like discomfort and posture problems that have a negative effect on your mental reactiveness. Alan Taylor, a physiotherapy expert at Nottingham University, maintains that office workers should rely less on standing desks for their well-being and instead focus on moving more often.
Now….how about moving for 3 minutes? Think about how incredibly short 3 minutes is. Three minutes also gives you plenty of time to have a small healthy snack for the remainder of a 10–15 minute break. You could kill two codes with one line. Little programmer phraseology there.
Have a great week and remember to smile and relax, life is short. So taking long breaks are nice when you have a short exersize to go along with it.