To get back home safely every day, you must get up and Move, Move, Move! At Backsafe this is one fact we know for sure. Getting regular movement into your daily routine is vital to your health and well-being as an office-based athlete in industry.
Human beings are known as “homo-erectus” or upright or standing man a condition dating back 1.8 million years ago. However due to our modern lifestyles, we have started to become known (to ergonomists) as “homo-sedentary” or “sitting man”. This is due to the fact that many of us spend up to 25% of our life sitting on some form of chair. This new condition started 12,000 years ago when we became an agrarian (or farmer) based society where people went home to sit in the evenings. This seated lifestyle then accelerated just a few hundred years ago when offices were developed as part of the industrial revolution.
I’m sure most of you would recognise that sitting at a desk all day is not what your body was designed for. The human body is designed to move, stretch, go for a walk, do a few of your favourite yoga moves or carrying out some of the Backsafe Before Work and After Break Stretches.
The bottom line is that you need to get your muscles moving and your blood flowing at regular intervals during the day to help you survive every day. You also need to set up your office work station correctly to make sure you are working safely and in accordance with the best body biomechanics.
The list below gives you some Backsafe Tips for the layout of your desk setup in the light of the message described above – Move Move Move!
JOB STATION SET-UPS AND SITTING POSITIONS
These should be assessed using general ergonomic principles as set out below. When seated the body should be in a relaxed, upright position from the hips to the crown of the head. This ensures minimum effort is expended when sitting, thus reducing fatigue and stress to the spinal column and extremities.
12 STEPS TO SAFE COMPUTER POSTURE