“Go into cubeland in a tightly controlled corporate environment and you immediately sense that there is a malaise about being tied behind a computer screen seated all day. The soul of the nation is sapped, and now it’s time for the soul of the nation to rise.”
You don’t need me to tell you that sitting around too much could give you a sore back or a spare tire. Added to this a day at the office can give you eye strain, sore shoulders, RSI and trigger points.
Indeed, sitting in front of a computer for hours is not that good an idea. Studies have shown though, that hours spent just sitting – in and of itself – could be a problem.
So how dangerous is sitting really?
Here’s a few background facts to shed some light on the situation that a lot of you with desk jobs are probably in:
So, this is all rather worrying. It appears that hours spent sitting has a cumulative bad effect on hour health. The important question arises – what can we do about it?
Here are some simple changes you can do to your office to make it healthier place to be. And these changes can also reduce risk of back pain and trigger points.
The first thing to deal with is our chair-based lifestyle. There are a couple of chair alternatives here – you may want to try a combination of both.
Get something to sit on that will continue to work your core and stabiliser muscles. Sit on an Exercise ball ($40) instead of a conventional chair.
There’s several things this will do for you:
To stop your exercise ball from rolling round the office, get a yoga ball base ($11). Added together, these two cost much less than a traditional office chair – and you get the benefits of daily core muscle strengthening.
Keyboards are a huge cause of shoulder pain, neck pain, wrist, finger and hand pain. So an ergonomic keyboard is a sensible investment. Here’s a couple of different price ranges.
– Kinesis Advantage Keyboard ($269)
– Goldtouch Adjustable Keyboard ($95)
The mouse is another technological marvel that can cause a world of pain. Hours spent doing fine manipulations is not something we were really designed for.
An alternative is the Designer Appliances E Quill AirO2bic mouse ($90). It works quite differently from a conventional mouse, so it’s a good idea try one out first.
The stronger your muscles are, the less likely they are to get injured. So something which strengthens the muscles in your wrists, hand and arm is well worthing using.
So use Hand grippers ($20) for relieving stress and improving grip strength. A tennis ball or squeeze ball is a cheaper alternative. Another good idea is the Gyro Wrist Exercise Ball – used by climbers, typists, musicians and athletes to strengthen the wrist and hand muscles.