New Year, New You!
It is officially 2018 and we’ve stocked our fridges with fruit and veg, joined a gym, decluttered the house and committed to dry January. While I commend you for doing one or all of the above, there may be something else we should consider setting as a New Year’s resolution, and that’s to consider ergonomics more in our day to day lives.
Good ergonomics can help you prevent discomfort or injury, make your daily tasks easier and more efficient and encourage a better mindset. What more could you want? J
If you’ve never thought about ergonomics, here are 5 quick tips to get you started:
1. Start being more conscious of your posture – how you sit, how you stand, how you walk, how you sleep. You want to aim to have a lordotic curve in your lower back, this would be a natural ‘S’ shape curve down your back.
2. Move regularly and I don’t mean you have to be training for a marathon everyday but try not to stay static for longer than 45 minutes. Our bodies were designed to move so take 2-3 microbreaks (30-60 seconds) per hour. You’ll have better blood circulation, you’ll breathe better and burn more calories. That means I can have that blueberry muffin I said I would refrain from eating.
3. Listen to your body and be more mindful. If you are sat at your desk and you start to lean forward, it’s your body telling you that you are tired so stand up and get that blood circulating. Equally if you find yourself after standing for a bit leaning on one leg or the nearest wall, it’s your body telling you that you’re tired and it’s time to sit down and take a pew.
4. We work in such a digital era now from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep and this can affect our eyes. Get your eyes tested every 2 years and take lots of vision breaks. Every 20 minutes look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help lubricate the eyes and give them a rest from staring at your phone, laptop or TV.
5. Make adjustments wherever you go. Whether you are getting into a car, sitting at your desk, sitting in a meeting room, or cooking dinner. Make sure everything is adjusted to you and that the tools you need are easily accessible. For example your computer tools should be close to your body, you should always have contact with your chair backrest, heavy things like pots and pans should be within easy reach, your car seat should be adjusted so that you have good lumbar support, good peripheral vision and are able to easily reach your car controls.
The more you implement ergonomics, the more it will just become habit. Let’s make 2018 an injury free and more productive year!
What are your new year’s resolutions? Comment below!