Today's office environment can be as challenging physically as they are mentally; watch out for common pitfalls and plan to counteract them.

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How can I improve workplace ergonomics?

Today's office environment can be as challenging physically as they are mentally; watch out for common pitfalls and plan to counteract them.

Many of us sit for at least 8 hours a day at a desk that's a third of our day, and – for many of us – more than half of our waking hours! Between the tensions that we collect in our bodies due to stress, the work environment itself can create conditions that are physically limiting. At the end of the day, many people suffer from stiff joints, aching back, numb legs, wrist pain, neck pain, and headaches. Consider that your average cubical provides no room for activity, and that typing and/or mousing all day stresses the hands, wrists and forearms. Consider also that many office chairs have fixed positions, and that they can promote poor posture, and that slumping over a desk creates weak back muscles and rounded shoulders. All of these factors contribute to spending over half your day in an environment that is bad for your body. To counteract these pressures, bring activity into your workspace and incorporate ergonomic tools and dynamic exercise equipment into tour daily life.

   

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