Welcome to 2021 and hopefully a new start to a better year! We hope you had a chance to at least get together with a few family members over the holidays to cheer you up, I know we all need it at the moment.
It used to be that working from home was seen as a great way to get up later, ease into those emails with a few cups of coffee, and sometimes not even get dressed for the whole day! It was a rare luxury, that could be construed as a bit of an excuse to skive off a bit.
How it’s all changed! With the advent of Covid-19 and the current lockdowns, many businesses have been encouraged (forced?) to allow staff to work at home, and have soon realised that they can be just as productive as they are in the office without the need for that tedious daily commute.
However, as good as this all is for the environment, time savings and productivity, I’ve seen quite a few cases of patients adversely affected by a lack of activity, interaction, and poor posture and workstation set-up. Here’s some helpful tips to hopefully keep you going:
The best posture is one that changes regularly.
Make sure you change your position or get up and move every 30-40 minutes. Standing desks can often help, but make sure you don’t stand all day either!
If you must sit for long periods minimise stresses on the body.
A good workstation setup and the right equipment is essential to preventing painful postural conditions.
Make sure that you get outside regularly.
Being stuck indoors for hours can also be a bit of a drag. Take a daily walk for 15-20 minutes. We need fresh air and daylight to elevate mood, and for vitamin D. If there’s no sunshine (particularly at this time of year), consider a daily supplement.
Pure Health Chiropractic & Wellness (Stafford and Newport)