It’s not easy to stay fit and healthy when you’re sitting at a desk all day. Especially if you’ve got a lengthy commute where you spend the majority of your time sitting down too. However planning your space and adapting your work environment slightly could help you to see an uplift in energy and general feelings of wellness.
Whether you’re still working from home or back at the office, here are some of our top tips for keeping healthy while sat at your desk all day:
Having a standing or adjustable desk encourages you to get up on your feet. With less time spent in a seated position, you’re able to move more freely and it lowers your risk of weight gain from being sedentary all day. They’re also used for reducing back pain and helping to improve posture.
The right seat
To avoid developing back pain, it’s important to have an office chair that’s ergonomic, supports the lower back and enables good posture. There’s lots of chair types to choose from so make sure it’s fully adjustable to your height and body composition. Opting for a swivel chair enables you to have a wider reach and ease of movement.
Drinking enough water is key to improving general health overall but it’s especially important for office based workers doing lengthy shifts that require focus on concentration. While coffee is great for getting you going, it can actually dehydrate you and cause headaches if you have too much of it. Try herbal teas or water to balance out the effects, especially later in the day.
Keep a tidy workspace
The saying ‘tidy room, tidy mind’ rings true here so keeping your work space free from clutter is a great way to free up distractions. While people are used to doing this in the physical world through organisers, diaries and desk tidies; the digital world is just as important. Having copious amounts of tabs open isn’t going to help you get into the flow. Just like having 8 post it notes stuck to your screen aren’t going to aid focus either.
Take regular breaks
Switching off from work is important to help you wind down and relax. It’s not possible to be always on so leaving the laptop at the office or making sure you delete work apps off your phone will give you some headspace. Working smaller breaks into your day by ensuring you have a lunch hour. Taking time to wind down between tasks and switching mentally to your next one enables you to be fully present and focussed.