Perhaps even more concerning, experts now say that some of the things we do to protect ourselves in an office setting might be part of the problem, too. Here are some of those things, as well as a healthier solution.
1. Wrist Rests
Meant to provide extra cushioning for your wrists as you type, experts now say that wrist rests can put extra pressure on major blood vessels, tendons and nerves – and may even lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. And CTS can not only impede your typing, but also impair your ability to do basic tasks such as picking up a coffee cup or brushing your teeth.
The solution? The wrist rest should actually support your palm, so position your hand so that your palm (not your wrist) is placed against the wrist rest.
2. Stability Ball Seats
Used correctly, stability ball seats can stabilize core muscles, improve posture and are healthy for your spine. But many people use them incorrectly by sitting at the wrong height, which can lead to back injury and pain.
The solution? Make sure that your thighs are parallel to the ground when sitting in a stability ball seat. Adjust your desk so that your upper arms are parallel with your spine and your eyes are focused on the middle of your computer screen.
3. Ergonomic Keyboards
Back in the day, ergonomic keyboards were the innovation that you had to have. As it turns out, however, they force you to hold your upper arms and elbows at awkward angles that cause fatigue. That fatigue, along with pain, can also extend to your neck, back and shoulders.
The solution? Use a regular keyboard instead.
4. Standing Desks
More and more studies show that too much sitting can create chronic problems and even shorten lifespans. Yet, studies have also shown that standing for the majority of the workday can lead to fatigue, leg cramps and backaches.
The solution? Alternate sitting and standing, doing each for an hour before switching. It's also important to wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
5. Brown Bag Lunch
It's generally accepted that packing a lunch is the healthier alternative to buying one. But that depends on what you pack.
The solution? Pack healthy foods that aren't processed and be mindful of portion size.
For information about healthy habits in the workplace, contact the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo. We have corporate plans to fit your business.