Posture is not just a matter of looking professional: the way you stand and sit can have a serious impact on your health and comfort. Over time, bad posture becomes a bad habit and starts to alter the shape of your body, especially your spine. Here are some signs that you may need to adjust your posture.
Keeping a good fitness routine and healthy home lifestyle is great, but all of that hard work is for nothing if you are not also following healthy habits while on the job. Most people spend the majority of their day sedentary. This is often due to the fact that they work at a computer desk or another job that has them sitting at work. Do not worry, you do not have to change your profession to stay healthy, simply implement some lifestyle changes instead.
Standing at work is becoming very popular. You might even have a few “standers” in your own office. With all of the new information that is released each day about the harmful effects of sedentary activity, more and more people are investing in a height-adjustable workstation for their own workspace. You are certainly curious, and may even want to try this new way of staying healthy out for yourself, but like many others, you are concerned that making this lifestyle change will be difficult.
The millennial wave is now taking over workplaces across the United States. 40 percent of the American workforce is described as people between the ages of 18 years old and 30. That number is expected to increase to upwards of 75 percent in the coming years. This generation brings some very unique changes to their places of employment. While older generations have been characterized with the tendency to adapt to their workplace, millennials are different—they expect their workplace environment to adapt to their ergonomic needs, such as using height-adjustable workstations. Millennials also thrive on healthy competition, whereas the generations of workers before them leaned towards collaboration. Transparency in the workplace is a must.
Mornings can get pretty hectic. From getting yourself ready to rushing any children you might have out the door, caring for pets and all the random road blocks in between, you are lucky to be wearing matching shoes by the time that you make it to the office. One very important part of your morning almost always gets pushed to the backburner—breakfast. In your “go, go, go” lifestyle, you rarely have a weekday morning that you can relax and actually enjoy a yummy first meal. Even though you are busy, skipping breakfast is not the healthiest move. Breakfast is widely considered the most important meal of the day by many experts. It gives you the energy that you need to propel yourself throughout your day and is also linked to maintaining a healthy weight and performing successfully.
In recent years, the negative impacts of sitting all day have become unnervingly clear. An even more scary fact is that even daily exercise does not seem to have any counter-effect to prolonged sedentary activity. An hour of exercise during the time before or after work does not do anything to erase the damage that is done when sitting at a desk for the majority of the day. Many people do not have an exercise routine at all through the week, and spend virtually every moment sitting down.
The modern day workplace has evolved in recent years to meet the needs of the worker, rather than the worker simply trying to fit into a generalized setting. More than ever before, employers are making ergonomics a top priority. This has brought an increase in the presence of two propellers of increased productivity—music and height-adjustable workstations. So much time is spent at the desk, time that can get quite boring and unproductive. Many office workers find themselves practically falling asleep after the first half of the day has passed. This can bring a person’s output of quality work, as well as their good moral, to a screeching halt.
Working at a desk all day can be tiring, and the fatigue that builds up throughout your day cuts into your productivity. Here are five easy ways to maintain or regain your energy over the course of the workday.
Refuel and Hydrate
Simply put, you cannot have energy without fuel. Make a habit of eating breakfast, and make sure that you do not skip it in favor of a drink, even one with plenty of sugar and caffeine: this will only give you a short burst of energy and mask the fact that you still need food. The same goes for lunch since any skipped meal cuts into your stamina. In addition, be sure to drink plenty of water. Dehydration is easy to mistake for hunger or tiredness, so keep yourself well supplied with water as well as regular meals.
Take a Peek Outside
You may have heard that spending time in the sunlight is a good way to minimize jetlag. This is because your circadian rhythm, the internal clock that tells your body when it should be awake or asleep, sets itself by the sun. If you spend most of your day away from natural light, it is a good idea to take a break at some point during the day to go outside, allow your body to make adjustments to your internal clock and reassure your brain that it is still time to be awake and active.
Time Your Coffee
Your circadian rhythm controls many of your body’s other systems, including the daily rise and fall of the hormone cortisol. Several recent studies have found that you get the most benefit from drinking caffeine during the times of day when your cortisol levels are low. Cortisol levels go up in the morning when you are waking up, just after noon, and around 6 in the evening, which means that the most effective times to caffeinate are 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.
Stand Up at Your Desk
One major drain on your energy is just sitting down. Sitting still for long periods of time slows your metabolism and decreases or even restricts your circulation, depriving your body and brain of the fuel and oxygen they need to stay active. Standing desks have started to become popular, but even better is an adjustable-height desk, which will allow you to change position whenever you start to feel stiff or fatigued.
Get Up and Move
Whether standing or sitting, establish a pattern of set times to pause and move around. Breaking up your work day with periods of physical movement helps to keep your blood flowing and your metabolism working, as well as improving your breathing and hormone levels. Take a short walk or do some stretches. Figure out if and where you are tense or aching, and whether you need to change your posture when you get back to work.
Invest in a Height-Adjustable Workstation
Standing at work is much simpler with the Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation, which is designed to change heights quickly when you need to change position. To learn more, visit our product page or contact a representative at Uprite Ergo.
It has become common knowledge that sitting at a desk all day is not the healthiest way to work, but there is less information available on how to best use a standing or height-adjustable desk. Here are three things to remember when making the change to a more ergonomic workstation.
f you are a workaholic, the stress in your life could easily be getting out of control. Working a lot and loving your job is not a bad thing, but it is important to have balance and take a few moments each day to relax. Even if you do not feel like you are overwhelmed, all daily activities come with a level of stress that eventually adds up. Too much work with no relaxing can easily lead to chronic exhaustion and adverse health effects. You might experience physical implications such as headaches or sleep apnea, as well as strains on your personal relationships. Your once positive, go-getter attitude could also slowly change into a negative outlook, even if you like the work that you are doing. For these reasons, it is important that all workaholics recognize the importance of daily stress relief. Here are some activities that you can complete to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall quality of life.
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