Could the setup of your home office prove deadly?
Some experts believe so. According to Professor Marc Hamilton of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, sitting too long increases the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even some forms of cancer. Worse, Marc Hamilton says that if you are a typical worker you may be spending 80% of your day with the same metabolic rate as someone who is anesthetized. And extra hours at the gym aren’t going to help. According to the professor, exercising just won’t offset the risks of sitting too much.
It’s time to make your home office work for you so that you can stay healthier.
Part of the problem is that workers are logging in long hours behind a desk in the home office. In most cases, work spaces are also not set up to make you move. Changing that could help save your life and it doesn’t have to cost very much. Your home office can actually help you reduce stress levels and push you to be a little more active during the day if you:
1) Choose an ergonomic chair.
A chair that is designed to support your body will place less stress on your muscles and skeletal system. If you must spend hours working at your desk, take the time to choose an office chair that is comfortable and designed with safety in mind.
2) Create obstacles in your home work space that compel you to move.
A simple way to move more at work is to set up your office furniture to be less convenient. It probably is the opposite of how you set up your home office furniture the first time around, but consider: if you need to get up each time you want to print something, retrieve a file, or grab something from a bookcase, you will move more without even being aware of it. Set up your bookcase, printer, and other basic work tools at the far side of the room from your office desk. Consider placing some related work items (such as files or your printer) on low side tables or coffee tables so that you are compelled to bend down to get them.
3) Set a timer on your desk to remind you to take frequent breaks.
Try to take a few minutes of break time during every hour you work, at least, with a larger break time every few hours. Simply set the timer for 40 minutes and when it rings stretch and walk around. Not only is it a great stress reliever, but it will ensure that you are not slumped over your office desk all day.
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Have you recently rearranged your office furniture to encourage you to move around a little more? Let us know in the comments!