With sitting being declared the new smoking—the emphasis being that you should stop—you need to look seriously at standing desks.
In my posts “What You Need to Know About Ergonomics at Work” and “How to Choose an Ergonomic Desk,” I discussed a range of items needed to provide ergonomic office workstations that could address potential office injuries. Given that, here are our favorite pieces of ergonomic office furniture.
In my earlier post, “What You Need to Know About Ergonomics at Work,” I discussed an entire array of ergonomic factors. That includes everything from chair and desk to computer screen and mouse. Here I’ll zero in the critical elements of choosing the best desk for you.
Some of the statistics about office injuries are pretty staggering. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that musculoskeletal disorders accounted for one-third of all injury or illness cases in 2011. This includes thousands of office worker injuries including carpal tunnel syndrome as well as neck, shoulder, and back injuries.
Many of us are held hostage in the office by the snack food that’s brought in from someone’s home. Perhaps the worst is the leftover Halloween candy. Of course, it’s gone in a few hours, which was the purpose of bringing it into the office. But then you’re left with a sugar rush and the following crash.
We all spend a significant amount of time at the office. That includes snacking and meals as well as a variety of drinks from coffee to soda. All that grazing can have a big impact on our health, for better or for worse. Here are our thoughts on how to make it for the better.
There’s a growing movement among organizations to provide food in the workplace as a perk for their employees. That can go a long way toward satisfying employees, as long as the food is healthy and doesn’t result in long naps after gorging yourself on free food.
If your work day is like mine, it starts early in the morning and extends into the evening. The challenge is to maintain a high energy level throughout that full work day.
From the New York Times to Time Magazine, they’re all reporting that fitness trackers or “wearables” may actually cause weight gain. This news coverage is based on a report from the Journal of the American Medical Association. The bottom line finding: “Devices that monitor and provide feedback on physical activity may not offer an advantage over standard behavioral weight loss approaches.”
With your fitness program you’re running, biking, swimming, climbing stairs, and maybe even getting up from your desk throughout the work day. It’s now time to give consideration to a fitness tracker to measure your effort and track your progress.