With the new year come many resolutions to be healthier and to make—and stick to—good habits. One area many of us forget to address is our immediate work environment, particularly our desks and chairs. Use this time and your newfound motivation to make some “work resolutions.” Remember these simple tips to help you maintain your health at work.
Readjust. Most people have not adjusted their workstation in the past week, or maybe in the past year. If you don’t know how to adjust it, follow this three-step process: 1) Place your monitor screen directly in front of you with the top of the screen just at or below eye level. 2) While seated with your back against your chair, adjust the monitor so that it is about an arm’s length away from you. 3) Adjust the height of your chair so your feet are flat on the floor and your forearms are parallel to the keying area.
Stand up. Sitting too much has been linked to many health conditions, so get into the habit of standing up during meetings or when talking on the phone.
Take a break. If you view your monitor practically nonstop, regular distractions may not be enough. If your scheduled breaks fail, try using the free rest-break reminder software, Workrave. In addition, if you sit most of the day, schedule times to get up and move. Get a drink of water or refresh your coffee, eat lunch at a different location, or talk to a co-worker face-to-face in another area. If you have a sit-to-stand desk, alternate regularly between sitting and standing.
Track your progress. As with your fitness program, check your progress every few weeks. Once you know what “good” feels like, you’re bound to make these habits stick.
Don’t delay… start improving your work habits and feeling better today. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2016!