For most office workers, being glued to their desks while typing away at their computers for an average of 8 hours a day is already a part of their normal routine. However, sitting at the computer all day may not exactly be good for the body, as it can bring about backaches due to poor posture and eye strain, among other effects.
On the other hand, being in a desk job does not have to be an ordeal for your health. If you’re one of those people who have to be at a desk all day long, there are some simple steps that you can follow in order to improve your posture and keep your health in check.
Eye blink – Make an effort to blink your eyes more often to prevent them from drying out.
Neck roll – Relax your shoulders and lower your chin, count to ten. Rotate your head so that your right ear is touching your right shoulder and count to ten. Do the same on the other side.
Neck shrug – Sit up straight in your chair and shrug your shoulders up towards your ears and relax, repeat and relax.
Upper back stretch – Sit up straight in your chair, place your palms of your hands on your shoulders with your elbows forward to shoulder height. Press your elbows together and count to ten. Repeat and relax.
Arm extension – Sit up straight with your arms out in front. Press your palms together and count to ten. Repeat and relax.
Wrist rotation – Let your arms fall to your sides and slowly rotate your wrists 5 times clockwise and anti clockwise. Repeat and relax.
Hand stretch – Relax your arms by your side and spread your fingers. Count to ten. Slowly pull your fingers into a fist, count to ten. Repeat and relax.
Everyone should try and do these exercises every day.
These exercises can be done anywhere, not just the office. Try them on the bus, in a restaurant or whilst queuing as we do love to queue!
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us – Walker Health & Safety Services