Whether you are working from an office or working from home, you are doing the same thing day in and day out: sitting and staring at a computer for long periods of time. You don’t need a doctor to tell you how this can take a toll on your body, as I’m sure you experience some common discomforts related to being a “desk potato” including neck, shoulder and lower back pain. Consider this #WellnessWednesday post your reminder to TAKE A BREAK! Below are a few ways we are keeping our bodies (and minds) moving so we don’t become desk potatoes!
Stretching your body is essential, especially when you’re sitting down for long periods of time. Enter: deskercise. Whether it’s rolling your shoulders, forward-folding or stretching your triceps, take a moment to stretch it out. Not only will this help reduce any pain, but it can reduce stress, too! This article features stretching exercises (along with demos!) that you can do at the comfort of your own desk.
Focus on Your Eyes
Staring at a computer screen can cause major eye strain, so it’s important to take your eyes off the screen at times. Thankfully, there are browser extensions like eyeCare on Google Chrome that have timed reminders to notify you to take breaks from looking at the screen. If you don’t want to download the browser extension, simply set your alarm so your eyes can get that well-deserved rest. A good rule to follow is the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Take a Walk
Try to leave your desk every hour and take a walk. It doesn’t have to be a walk around the block (it could just be walking from one room to another!), just make a habit of moving around every so often. Taking some necessary time away from the desk will help you feel less drained after work, and it doesn’t hurt to get those steps in either!
Sitting at a desk is part of the job, but you can still maintain healthy habits while doing so. Check out more tips here!