STAYING HEALTHY AT THE OFFICE!
Staying healthy in the office environment is a monumental challenge. It’s not unusual for the office worker to remain at his/her desk for a solid 10 hour spell, arising only for a hit of drowsiness-neutralising caffeine and/or to plunder the vending machine of whatever sweets may get them through the day.
Our poor bodies weren’t designed to be sat slouched and motionless for half a day, staring into a computer screen and funnily enough, they tend to complain to us in funny ways! Back pain is the most frequent cause of people taking long term absence from the office, some is stress related, but a degree is down to joint sprain, muscle spasm, poor posture, immobility and wear-and-tear.
This post is about how to stay mobile at the office and care for your body properly, supplemented with a little ‘Snack Smarter’ section, to get you through your day satisfied and healthy!
ON THE MOBILITY FRONT…
There’s little we can do to reverse the natural wear and tear on our joints, but there are a few things we can do about the other components (sprain, spasm, posture and mobility). Contrary to the often-encountered opinion that I frolic solely in sunny parks and sandy beaches, I can reveal that I have in fact worked in office environments in the past; I know the struggle to stay fit and healthy is real, so I always took the below 3 components as seriously as was practically possible:
- MAXIMISE MOBILITY: Essentially, I’d advocate regular stretching in as much depth as possible along with regular walking breaks to encourage a regular change in position, as well as some motor locomotion! Don’t worry about what your co-workers thing as you stretch, hell get the whole office to do it! It can benefit everybody.
- SIT UP STRAIGHT: Posture makes such a difference. I’ve been told this numerous times with my posture. Much as the ocean waves erode the cliff face, so too does the sedentary hunched posture go to gradually undermine your skeleton! Focus on chair type & height, seating posture, as well as the screen & mouse position. I know this usually comes with your “Welcome To The Job” manual however it is important to follow those tips.
- FULL BODY: Regular exercise and weight training as well as a wholistic focus on the core. Get to Transformation Inc boot camps after work and give your body that hit it needs after being stuck in four walls for 10 hours!
Director, Transformation Inc