One of the biggest factors impacting your health when working from home is prolonged sitting.
When you sit too much, your blood flows slower, your muscles burn less fat, your metabolism winds down, and your brain function slows, which can lead to some serious short and long term impacts.
The key is not to stand or sit all the time, but to break up your sitting at least every 30 minutes. The good news is there are simple strategies you can start today while working from home.
- Stand up and stretch after you send an email or while on a phone call
- Set a recurring alarm on your phone or a meeting reminder on your online calendar to remind you to stand every 30 minutes
- Use a small water glass at your desk and refill it by walking to the kitchen regularly
- If working from a laptop, switch between working at a desk/table and a kitchen bench a few times a day
- Move your bin away from your work area so you have to stand up to throw something out
- If you’re running a meeting, schedule a stand up break into your agenda
Use the Sit Stand Program to estimate the time you spend sitting daily and learn what you can do to improve it. Research indicates that sitting for more than 4 hours each day can contribute to: Heart disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Back ache, Depression & Muscle degeneration. Regular minor movement while at work is essential for us to: keep our bodies healthy, prevent illness & relieve stress& make us more productive: https://eapassist.com.au/digital/