The subject is having a correctly set up work space.
There was a time when working in an office meant that you were higher up on the social ladder and that you could afford to be a so called “white collar worker”
Times have changed somewhat, and office work seems to be the new down the mines kind of job situation, whereby you wake up and dread that average drudgery that follows.
However, with so many folks now working behind a desk, it is really important to understand how it can affect your health.
How can sitting behind a desk affect your health?
Well, for a start, sitting for long periods of time in whatever you do is bad for you for various reasons such as:
- Back pain
- neck pain
- reduced breathing ability (important for endurance cycling)
- poor digestion
- knee, hip and ankle issues
Those are just for a start!
But when we work behind a desk, we tend to sit or much longer periods of time than we usually would; sometimes hours on end. And then we get up and proceed to lunch where we…sit down again!
What can you do to help?
Firstly, you can start at the source and invest in a few ergonomic items to alleviate the issue.
My first suggestion would be to find the very best ergonomic office chair for the money. Bear in mind that these things don’t cost the earth like they used to, and your boss may even be willing to foot the cost, (and pigs might fly, but you try!).
The next thing you can do is to go ahead and get yourself some ergonomic office supplies to help with the upper half of your body.
You see, an ergonomic office chair is super useful for your trunk down to your legs, but your arms also need a little ergonomic love and by checking out some different products like computer mice and so on, you will really see a boost in your health very soon.
Lastly, I would highly suggest that you make time to get up and walk around your office or workplace at set intervals.
Studies have shown that the smallest things can have really big impacts on your health, and something as simple as just walking around your office can have immediate results.
There are also certain exercises that you can do whilst sitting at your desk and for these, you should think airplane exercise.
For example, tensing your buttocks, sitting upright with your core fully engaged, rotating your feet every now and then and so on.
Hopefully you have a basic understanding of why it is so important to keep your body in tip top shape when you are at work.
If you follow through with some of these points, the exercises in particular, you will certainly improve your overall health. This will also translate over to your cycling ability and will help you to generally feel better for a whole raft of activities 🙂