Simple tips to make your workspace healthy

So, you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle but that Monday morning presentation takes the zing out of your schedule? Can’t seem to find time for your power yoga classes? Don’t worry. Mentioned below are a few simple tips to help you utilize your time at work better and align you with a healthier lifestyle.

1. Improve Your Posture

Sit upright. Adjust the position of your chair such that the angle between your upper arm and your forearm is close to 90 degrees when you work on your desk. Your feet, similarly, should rest on the ground. Make sure that the distance between you and your computer screen is at least 18-20 inches. The top of the screen should be roughly at your eye level. If you need constant reminders, use technology. Buy a fitness tracker that recognizes your posture and gently vibrates when you’re slouching.

2. Take 20 second breaks

Look away from the screen every 15-20 minutes. In fact, close your eyes and take deep breaths. This will give your eyes some much needed break and will also relax your mind and body. Do this every 30 minutes.

3. Buy better furniture

If it’s difficult to buy a standing desk or an exercise ball, have a good quality chair that you can adjust according to your height. A good chair must have proper cushioning and support for your neck, head and arms.

4. Get a green finger

According to a research, plants in workplaces can improve productivity by 15%. This may be because plants absorb dust and pollutants from air.

5. Walk

Want a printout of that presentation deck? Walk to the printer instead of asking someone to get it for you. Have a meeting on the 5th floor? Use stairs instead of lift. If you think 5 floors is too much to begin with, take stair to the third floor and then take a lift for the remaining floors. You are the master of or health. Of course aids such as medical insurance and better healthcare facilities are a huge relief, however, it’s important to be proactive.

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