This post was submitted to us by Kimberly Crossland.
I have to admit, working from home has its advantages. I am close to my family, able to avoid wearing heels for eight hours a day around the office, and I can be flexible about where and how I work. While home offices are a luxury that many people wish they could have, the risk of distraction, keeping work too close, and a general lack of coworkers to keep me motivated is very real. If you are like me, to stay productive in my home office, I have to feel like I am at work. This requires me to have a setup that inspires productivity.
Now that I work out of a home office, I decided it was essential to my health that I create the same setup. Here are a few ways how to make your work area healthier and more efficient for you.
5 Ways to Make Your Home Office a Healthier Place to Work
1. I stopped eye strain – Staring at a computer screen for hours at a time is bad for your eyes. This is particularly true when the lighting around you is poor causing you to strain your eyes to see what you are doing. To help, I bought a task light which sits on my desk and gives just the right amount of light so that I do not have to strain my eyes as much.
2. I reduced my chances of a repetitive stress injury – Each day I type thousands of words in my job. The chance of getting carpal tunnel syndrome in my position is quite high. To help prevent this potentially job ending injury, I use an ergonomic keyboard to help avoid repetitive stress on my wrists.
3. I gave my back and hips much needed support – When you sit in your chair, the pressure put on your back and hips increases. This is why I always left the office feeling sore even though I had not done any vigorous activity all day. I have since switched out my kitchen table chair for an ergonomic chair that gives me the support I need to sit up taller and put less strain on my back.
4. I stand up to work – Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time is bad for your health. Even for people who work out regularly, sitting behind a desk for eight hours can leave you at risk for heart disease, obesity and other illness. With my standup desk, I can frequently change my posture throughout the day so I am never sitting too much at work.
5. I take a walk while typing away – It sounds strange, but perhaps my favorite part of my office is my treadmill. I recently purchased a treadmill desk that allows me to walk while I work. Surprisingly, it is not as difficult as I anticipated it might be. Now, I can keep my body moving so that I do not risk health detriment of being sedentary for too long.
The reality is that desk jobs come with inherent risk. If you work out of your home, you can improve your health just by giving your home office a mini-makeover with ergo friendly furniture or accessories.
What do you do to help combat sitting all day? Share your tips in the comments below.
Kimberly Crossland is a freelance writer with a passion for health and business. Her writing can be seen on a variety of websites that focus on working from home.