Technology has taken over the world, and companies no matter how small have realized the importance. That’s why every business thrives and grows stronger when it has an online presence. Your target population/customers don’t need to be in the same location as you to see or know about the services you offer.
Gone are the days where the use of computers was for people in a particular department (ICT Department – Information and Communications Technologies). Now being computer literate is a prerequisite for most companies.
Technology has evolved so much you don’t need an office to own a computer or spend hours in front of one. You can sit in the comfort of your home for hours with your computer doing your business and making money.
Whether you are working from home or an office on your computer, you will often be in a sitting position.
Why Sitting For Too Long is Bad?
Sitting isn’t a bad posture generally. But sitting down for long hours every day will take its toll on your body. Studies have it that sitting down all the time has terrible health effects. When you spend a lot of time in a sitting position, the core of your strength is decreased and further causing you to slouch. This is bad for your back, neck, and shoulders, leading to severe pains.
Most of our jobs demand a lot from its employees which includes spending a lot of time on a computer or desk, which means spending hours sitting. There are habits you can adopt as well as steps you can follow to avoid hurting yourself from working on a computer.
Five ways to work from a computer and save your body as well
Tired of feeling sore and cramped out due to spending too much time sitting on a computer? Let us look at five ways you can work from your computer and avoid hurting your body in the long term;
1. Reposition your monitor/laptop
Most monitors are ignorantly placed directly on the desktop either in your office or at home. This is wrong because, at that position, you are forced to slouch and bend your head forward. Leading to neck and back pain. Consider raising your monitor to your eye level. That way, you are sitting up straight. Also, ensure that the distance between your eyes and the screen of the monitor isn’t too close.
2. Get up and Move Around
Walking around is part of an exercise that is good for the body. Doing a job that requires you to sit down for hours has health problems that you can avoid by developing the habit of getting up and taking a stroll as often as possible. You not only ease your body of strain and stress but also improve circulation in your body.
3. Switch to A Standing Desk
Many may not know this, but standing is a lot better than sitting. So consider getting a standing desk. It makes working on your computer a lot more fun and gives room for you to move around and stretch. Take note, however, that you can’t just get up and decide to switch from sitting to standing. The body has become used to sitting and thus would take time for it to get used to standing.
4. Take Your Eyes off the Screen For a Minute
When you spend so much time staring at the screen of your monitor, you are being straining your eyes. Too much strain on the eyes can cause headaches and vision problems. Give your eyes a break regularly. You don’t have to move away from your desk area. You can just shut your eyes for a bit.
5. Keep Your Working Environment Clean
As cliché as this sounds, it is essential. This is where you spend most of your hours working. Meaning that bacteria from you, your colleagues will most likely end up on your desk area. We know bacteria is bad for anyone’s health. Always make sure your desk area, your keyboard, monitor are kept clean. Make it a habit of washing your hands regularly and using a hand sanitizer.
Spending too many hours on a computer is a sedentary kind of job and can be harmful to your body and health. However, making a conscious effort to do the above listed will go a long way in helping you stay healthy while doing your job.