Staring at a computer all day can take a toll.
I'll be the first to admit I do a terrible job of getting away from the computer during the day. I track my steps with a pedometer, and last week I had an embarrassing 12,000. Good for a single day, horrible for an entire week.
I'm writing this just as much for myself as for anyone else who spends too much time in front of a computer.
Below are resources and tips to help alleviate and reduce the damage sitting all day can do to your body.
1. Make sure you have a comfortable chair.
Use a balance ball, ergonomic chair or a combination of both like the Gaim Balance Ball Chair above to properly support your spine.
2. Fit in short, instructor-led workouts for FREE.
One of my favorite FREE apps is SWORKIT. You build your own custom workout and can set the amount of time you exercise between 5 to 60 minutes. If you take four 5-minute breaks, you'll have exercised 20 minutes by the end of the day.
3. Take a walk around the block midday.
I have poor circulation because of sitting too much. When I get up it helps circulate my blood and oxygenate my entire body and mind. I feel refreshed after a quick ten minute power walk. Do it. Don't think about it.
4. Improve Computer Vision Strain
Computer Vision Syndrome is real. Symptoms include:
- Eye strain
- Iritation or dryness
You may also experience burning eyes, double or blurred vision, headaches and neck or shoulder pain.
It's a good reason to take a break. You could also adjust your screen resolution. Make sure you use a high-resolution computer. Computer glasses are another option to help with gamma rays. Amazon sells a decent pair for under $20 here.
5. Eliminate Neck Strain.
I use this portable, convertible Furinno computer stand to elevate my laptop along with this Anker wireless keyboard and an ergonomic wireless mouse. It's perfect for ensuring that my neck is positioned correctly whether I'm sitting or standing while I work.
I've also provided a link to quick 4 minute video below from Gaiam on Youtube for stretching the neck and shoulders.
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