For those of us that spend hours every day sitting at a desk, at a computer for work or pleasure, we need to be mindful how we are positioning ourselves.
Taking time out to consider how we are sitting and how we are using the equipment will have an impact on our comfort, health and wellbeing. If you are sitting uncomfortably or in the incorrect chair it can put a huge strain on your back, neck and eyes.
There is so much ergonomic equipment available on the market such as office chairs, desks, keyboards, document holders and footrests. An Occupational Therapist can assist you in assessing your workstation and ensuring you use the appropriate equipment. It might be worth investing in a standing desk or a height adjustable workspace so you can alternate between sitting and standing.
When we get stuck into a job, or are distracted whilst surfing the internet, we often forget to take a break. There are several apps to remind us to stand up, move around and take a break. Here are some apps you may find helpful to download.
- Break Reminder (free, Android): a simple app that reminds you to take a short break. You set how long you’d like to work and the length of your break. The app displays a countdown to your target break and will notify you when it’s time to stand up and move around.
- Stand Up (free, Apple): Set a reminder interval (from 5 minutes to 2 hours) and the app will play an alarm when it’s time to stand up. You can customize the app to your work schedule so you set it once and forget it.
- Move a Bit (free, Android): This app focuses on reminding you to take a few steps throughout the day. It reminds you when it’s time to move a bit.
- Move (free, Apple, with in-app purchases): This app reminds you to stand up and do an exercise at regular intervals that you choose. The app has more than 300 exercises and you can choose to turn specific exercises on and off.