If you are like most knowledge workers, chances are you spend most of the day working and sitting in front of the computer. This type of job involves repetitive tasks, a slow pace of work, and poor work postures and movements which can lead to Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).
Observing good practices at work can prevent such work-related injuries. These are the 3 main areas that you need to maintain to remain healthy and productive at work:
Your body is prone to injury if you are not healthy. A fit body can handle more workload. It can withstand stress and abuse. Needless to say, an unfit body responds negatively to the impact of the daily grind.
You cannot have a healthy body without maintaining healthy habits. Eating the right way, getting a good amount of sleep, and exercising regularly should be the baseline of your healthy habits.
Maintain Good Posture
Continuously holding or exposing your body to bad posture habits has a direct negative impact to your body. Maintain a good posture habit. Sitting can kill you. So if your job ties you to your chair, make sure that you take breaks at intervals.
I’d like to mention a product that I use. It’s called BetterBack. It’s a back support that you wrap around your waist and strap to your knees. The knee strap pulls your back to a good sitting posture. BetterBack “helps you build up your posture muscles.” You wear it 15 minutes a day for 7 days. The purpose is to help you build the habit of sitting in a good posture.
I missed the BetterBack campaign at Kickstarter. I am glad that I received one of the first issues of the product for free. So, that’s a disclaimer for me.
Would I recommend the product? Yes. I am recommending it not because I received it for free. I felt an instant relief when I first used the product. I have a slight lower back discomfort due to sitting in front of my desk the whole day, 5 days a week. A consistent right way of sitting in good posture can easily correct that back issue. BetterBack helps me improve my sitting posture.