Saturday, July 14, 2007

Exercising at desk needed to keep body health

Preventing inuries with deskercise...

"The average American spends seven to eight hours a day sitting behind a desk. Poor circulation and poor posture create muscle strain and weakness, loss of flexibility, joint strain and pain to the hips, lower back, and neck.

This also is what generally causes migraine headaches millions of Americans suffer from each year and can cause carpal tunnel syndrome in those who use computer keyboards regularly.

While you're busy typing and talking on the phone, you can prevent muscle pain and weakness by stretching and flexing particular parts of your body throughout the day. A recent study shows the physical impact of ergonomics, or being at your workstation, is reaching the level of being in a manufacturing environment.

David Atkinson, personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Cooper Aerobics Center, recommends you try to be active at least once every hour of being at your desk; both physically and visually. Keeping up with these activities can prevent the pain and damage from advancing.

Atkinson recommends a stretching routine that starts with the head and neck and moves all the way down to the feet and ankles. If you stretch each part of your body for 10 to 15 seconds, it shouldn't take more than 10 or 15 minutes for you to make a significant contribution to your overall health.

Simple activities that you wouldn't ordinarily think of as exercise can have a major impact on your body's health. Try to be up away from your desk, moving around your office environment as much as possible. Take someone a memo or letter rather than sending it. Take the stairs instead of the elevator if you have the time to spare. Concentrate on your posture and try not to slouch, and you may notice an improvement in that back pain."    (Continued via News 8 Austin)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Deskercise - Ergonomics


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article that has helped me reduce my back pain in the office the most is this simple one-page of advice
I would like to get up the courage to sit on an exercise ball instead of a regular chair, but haven't done so yet. At least this has helped with a regular chair. Agree that you have to get up and stretch every hour!

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