For many of us, it’s time to go back into the office and brush the dust off our desks. As we make this transition from working from home, we need to abandon our sedentary routines and maintain a good working setup in our offices.
Take standing breaks.
While working from home, many of us developed sedentary routines. With no more commutes to work and a lot more virtual meetings, we’ve been spending the time we would have spent walking around and talking to colleagues, just sitting. Now that we’re back in the office, we need to reincorporate those standing breaks into our days to avoid sitting for long periods of time.
Try these tips to ensure that you’re standing for at least 10 minutes per hour:
- Take a standing break at the top of every hour.
- Take coffee breaks.
- Walk over to a colleague’s desk and have a face-to-face conversation instead of sending an email.
- Have walking meetings.
- Answer a call while standing or take a walk around the office while you’re on the phone.
Check your workstation setup.
With such a quick rush to start working from home, many of us packed up our essential office equipment and worked around what we had. Now that we’re returning to the office, it’s important to make sure that our workstations are positioned optimally, enabling us to work comfortably and maintain neutral postures.
- Office chairs – When sitting in your office chair, ensure that your feet are flat on the floor or flat on an external surface, such as a footrest. You should be able to position yourself up against the back of your chair so that your lumbar spine is supported.
- External monitors and keyboards – Position your monitors so that they’re centered to you in your workspace, and within an arm’s reach. While sitting up nice and tall with relaxed shoulders, the top of your monitor should be positioned to meet your gaze. Position your external keyboard and mouse close to each other and close to the edge of your desk.
Building these two healthy habits as you’re settling back into the office sets you up for success and long-term health!