Work and Exercise

For many of us, sitting down for the majority of our day is inevitable and unavoidable. But this time spent sitting along with the time we sit on the way to and from work, whilst having dinner, and whilst winding down watching TV after work, is seriously detrimental to our health.   For example, those who's jobs require them to sit down all day, are twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease than someone who's job requires them to be moving around all day.   It's unavoidable for many of us; we spend a lot of time staring at screens and sitting down, in our work...

Sitting at a desk all day is not ideal for your posture.  We’ve known this for a while.   A lot of people think that you should simply sit up straight and minimise your time slouched over a computer.  But is this realistic?  If you’re not hunched over a computer, you’re most like slumped over your phone, over the kitchen counter, over your steering wheel, or over your kids.  Bad posture is everywhere, and unfortunately, it is mostly unavoidable.  However, there are some ways you can fight bad posture and minimise the negative effects it has on your body. Assuming that...

Do you spend 8-9 hours a day working on a desk? Do you often have lower back pain, shoulder pain, or neck pain at the end of the day? [caption id="attachment_7170" align="alignright" width="378"] Credit: University of Western Australia[/caption]   There is growing evidence that there needs to be suppleness in the way we sit at computer workstations. While there is not one correct way to sit at a workstation, seating should support postures that can be changed frequently within a comfortable range throughout the day. It should accommodate the: work being done visual demands workers’ individual differences.   Every individual should trial different positions to work the...

Struggling to get through you work day? Drowning in deadlines? Or really feeling that 3pm (or 10am) slump? Maybe it’s time to log off and get moving, a new study finds.   New research finds that busy professionals who exercise during the day feel better and more productive. A study presented to the American College of Sports Medicine, found that workers who spent 30–60 minutes at lunch exercising reported an average performance boost of 15 percent. Sixty percent of employees said their time management skills, mental performance and ability to meet deadlines improved on the days they exercised. Workers in the study were...