In the modern world, most jobs have become sedentary. Workers will spend hours upon hours at a desk, hunched over a keyboard with their eyes glued to a screen. This kind of lifestyle can wreak havoc on our bodies, resulting in back problems and other musculoskeletal disorders further down the road.
However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few ways you can make your time in the office healthier and easier on your body:
Invest in ergonomic furniture
If you’re going to be spending most of your time sitting, you best be sitting in something that’s comfortable. Ergonomic furniture is built to support your back, spine, and neck, reducing the number of aches and pains you may feel after a long day at work.
Keep a water bottle and healthy snacks nearby
It can be easy to be so swept up in your work that you forget to eat or drink water. To help prevent this, keep a water bottle and some snacks nearby your desk. And, instead of making trips to the office vending machine, bring some healthy snacks from home such as nuts, veggies, and fruits.
Take frequent walking breaks
Simply put, sitting all day is terrible for your health. If you can, spare a few minutes each hour to get up and walk around your office. Even if you can only spare one minute out of each hour, one minute is better than none. If you have trouble remembering to get up from your desk, you can set a reminder on your computer at the end of each hour to remind you.
Do some desk stretches
In addition to walking breaks, you can also do desk stretches to help relieve any tension or pain in your back and neck. These are often quicker and easier to do than a walking break, only taking about 30 seconds each without having to get up out of your chair. You can do them while you’re on the phone, or if you’re in the middle of working on something important.