Does your job demand that you spend the better part of the day on a computer screen? If so, you may begin to suffer a myriad of ailments associated with sedentary lifestyles and excessive screen time. In order to avoid these pitfalls, make a commitment to follow the advice of experts while excelling at your desk job. A desk job does not have to be detrimental to your health if you approach it in the right way.
One of the first things the professionals agree on is the rule of three. Make a commitment to follow this guideline and you’ll begin to feel a difference not only in your well-being within a few short days, but also with your productivity.
What is the rule of three you ask? First, set the timer on your phone to give off a soft vibration every thirty minutes. When the timer goes off, stand up for three minutes, stretch your arms and legs, and shift the balance from one foot to the other. Look away from your screen and let your eyes ‘stretch’ for at least three hundred yards – preferably looking out of a window. This truly exercises the muscles in your eyes and prevents the fatigue associated with maintaining a fixed sight distance. If you have the opportunity to take advantage of a Groupon coupon, by all means investigate the options for lasik. Having 20/20 vision without correction will strengthen your eyes. Plus it’s nice not to worry about having to take out contacts before you go to sleep at night, and to worry about putting them in when you wake up in the morning.
Another smart tip is to ensure that your desk height and chair hair are ergonomic for your body size and height. Keep both feet planted on the floor – heels and toes! This will go a long way in ensuring protection for your back. If you can get a back support on your chair, unless one is already built in, that will go a long way in helping as well. Also, pay attention to the placement of your mouse, keyboard, and monitor. The monitor should be at eye level at all times. Your wrists should always have a support to rest on while the elbows are slightly bent, this will prevent you from getting carpal tunnel years down the road. If you are able to acquire a standing desk at work these are truly ideal. I personally have one at my own desk job and make it a point to use it for at least half of each day.
Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll feel great and increase your personal productivity in no time. It might even rub off on your boss and coworkers. Just remember, going a few extra steps now will have you a lot of pain and back ache years down the road. Best of luck, safety, and health to you!