Think of your bodily position throughout the day. Most likely you’ll picture yourself sitting. It’s not surprising, considering the fact that we perform 90% of our day-to-day tasks sitting on a chair. Moreover, we spend from 8 to 10 hours in this posture at work. Not to mention all the hours we spend driving or just sitting on a couch.
The problem is that our bodies are not designed for sitting but for standing. Actually, some experts say that “sitting is the new smoking”. In this infographic, you can see the different dangers related to this habit.
Keeping a poor sitting posture for such a long time has a direct impact on our productivity. Working while having back pain is far from being an ideal situation in which we do our best. Moreover, 38% of workers’ illnesses are caused by muscle-skeletal problems. Not only are these bad for workers, but also for employers since sick-leave rates increase.
Avoid sitting for so long
People who spend too much time sitting are 54% times more likely to have a heart attack. Besides, they are also more likely to suffer from diabetes, obesity and heart diseases. These are more than enough reasons to stand up, but how can you do it at work?
Several studies state that spending less time sitting and walking more during our workday improves our productivity and wellness. You can do different things such as placing some important items far from your desk (phone, documents…) or going to your partners’ desk when you need to talk to them.
The key is to get up and walk around for 15 minutes after every hour you spend sitting. Not only will your body rest, but you will have more energy and speed up your metabolism. And, of course, you’ll improve your concentration and performance.
Having the right posture
Most times we cannot but sit. According to a Study on European Working Conditions, 44% of workers have sitting postures that cause tiredness or pain. So we must learn to sit properly.
First of all, be sure the back is aligned against the back of the office chair. Sit up straight and align your computer, desk and chair with your body. Here are some tips to get a good sitting posture on office chairs.
It’s just a matter of paying more attention to your own body at work. You will improve both your productivity and your wellbeing. Aren’t they enough reasons for you to get up and walk around?
Translation by Susana Castro.