Lifestyles have undergone a great change. With jobs becoming sedentary, there’s little scope to get our limbs moving. Cars and two wheelers only escalate the problem. Do you, too, work at your computer the whole day? Do you feel tired at the end of the day? Do your joints creak and hurt and do your back and eyes feel sore? Well, the more you stay put, the poorer the blood circulation through your body. And you’ve got your aches and pains. If you don’t act fast, then you’ll end up with more serious complications.
How do you combat these unpleasant consequences of a sedentary lifestyle? Simple! Get moving even at work. Here’s how.
Most offices today require their employees to be at their computers for long hours. It’s important that you take a walk every 1 or 2 hours. This helps prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries. Years of toiling at your desk can leave you wasted. You don’t need a specific time in your life to start exercising. You can start right away and see its benefits.
Mental fatigue, back pain, headaches, dry eyes, creaking finger joints and carpal tunnel syndrome characterized by pain, numbness and weakness in the fingers and thumb may occur if your work involves the use of computers. Awkward postures for a prolonged period of time can cause more harm. The first step to battling these aches and pains is improving your comfort zone, that’s if you’re going to be at your desk for long hours. Getting a comfortable chair to support your back and placing the computer screen at a level that doesn’t put undue strain on your eyes and hands will help a lot.
Exercise while at your desk
No time for aerobics or jogging or to ride a bike and go swimming? No problem. Sneak in a few minutes of exercise while at work. Below is what you can do to stay fit even while you work.
Take a small walk every 1 or 2 hours. Also, take your gaze off the computer screen every few minutes and look into the distance.
Exercise your neck to relieve you from neck stiffness.
Stretch your body, especially your wrists, arms and shoulders. Sit up and extend your spine.
Extension and flexion of your legs help.
Try yoga to relieve some stress. You can try breathing exercises. You don’t have to move from your seat for this.
Have you tried to make yourself more health conscious in your work place? What exercises do you think are the best stress relievers? Are there any other ways you relieve stress?