You’re Not Dead Yet! 11 Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Workplace

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You’re Not Dead Yet! 11 Ways to Stay Healthy at Your Workplace


By Janette Leon-Speyer –Web Success Team

Sitting at a computer is inevitable especially for those of us in the Online Marketing and Social Media Business. I have been at a desk for over 30 years! Between school and computer. It seems as though I have spent most of my life looking at a screen.

The other day, I came across an infographic on the Mashable Blog, claiming: “Sitting Is Dangerous.” Well nothing could be truer! However there is good news. Here are 11 tips you can do to avoid the “Sitting Disease.”

Man stretching at desk

  1. Take Computer Breaks – Keep a timer by your desk to remind you to stand up every 20 minutes or so and walk around.
  2. Stand While Socializing – If you are a Social Media addict like me and you have to check you Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, do it standing and use your smart-phone.
  3. Drink Lots of Water – Regular water intake helps to flush away waste products in the body. Get at least six to eight 8 oz. glasses per day. An easy way to do this is to keep a water bottle handy and drink frequently.
  4. Exercise or Office Workouts – Any time you can add in a little more physical activity, do it. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or get up from you desk and stretch. For a little more fun try collective workouts with your peers or 5 minute isometric exercises.
  5. Get Periodic Therapeutic Massages – Massages are relaxing and good for sore muscles. Especially if you are sitting at a computer for long hours.
  6. Get an Ergonomic Chair – You’d be surprised what an orthopedic chair feels like. It’s the difference between first class and economy on an airline. It’s important to sit in a position where your back is straight and the lower back is supported.
  7. Arrange Your Seating Position – Practice sitting straight, even when you are tired. Too often we have our head thrust forward which can cause neck strain.
  8. Rest Your Eyes – Try to look away from your computer screen every so often to avoid eye strain.
  9. Don’t Forget Your Wrists – Stretch your hands and wrists often to avoid developing carpel tunnel syndrome.
  10. Take a Few Deep Breaths – This can reduce stress, improve energy, and get the blood flowing.
  11. Try a Stand-up Desk – They are becoming very popular and can be placed on a treadmill that moves very slowly so you actually “walk” while you work.

The added benefits to a healthy lifestyle at work are less fatigue, more positive attitude and increased productivity. Even if you take only a few of these recommendations you will feel more energized. To your healthy Web Success!

One comment

  1. Daniel Richman
    May 11th, 2011 18:51  / 

    All great points. I am slowly discovering the effects of sitting down after a long day of standing and the variety of feelings my back has in between. I will keep these pointers in mind!

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