Nowadays many of us work in office environments and spend long periods sat down at a desk in front of a computer. While there are less health and safety risks associated with this working environment than other jobs, there are still potential risks to be aware of and steps you can take to ensure you stay fit and healthy at work.
Recent studies have provided overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of spending too much time sitting down. But research has also shown that on average we spend 65% of our waking hours sitting down, largely due to the sedentary nature of the office-working environment.
So how can we reduce the amount of time we spend sat down? Here are a few ideas …
If you spend long periods hunched over your mouse and keyboard, you’re bound to feel a bit stiff at the end of the day. Finding time for a few simple desk-based exercises throughout the day will help ease those aching muscles. Here’s an easy one to get you started:
If like many people you spend several hours a day staring at a computer screen, you might often have dry or tired eyes at the end of the day. Prolonged screen use can also lead to eyesight problems. Try some of these tips to help minimise the impact on your eyes:
Our Wellbeing Zone is full of tips and advice on staying well in the workplace.
Stress is a normal part of life for most people, but when it gets too much it can start to have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. A major cause of stress in the workplace is having too much to do. If a growing to do list is causing you sleepless nights, try some of these tips to help you take back control:
Look after your health and wellbeing at work to keep performing at your best.