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The Ergonomics of Office Work: 10 Ways to Improve Your Workspace for Body Health

Long hours of repetitive work and sitting on a computer workstation can take a strain in many parts of the body including the back, the arms, the shoulders, the neck and the legs. You may experience different types of pains, including headaches, eye strain, back aches, leg pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. These may result in decreased productivity and even absenteeism, and can increase work related medical costs. Here are some ways to improve your workspace to maintain body health.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices, including furniture that fit the human body and its movements to achieve health and productivity. Proper ergonomic design is important to prevent repetitive strain which can develop over time and can lead to injury and long-term disability.

A properly designed workstation promotes proper posture, reduces strain and prevents injury. But promoting health also entails an individual’s work related habits that involve proper movement, re-adjustment of position and movements to achieve comfort and prevent prolonged stress on a body part.

Ergonomic Positions

Ideal ergonomic positions. Image: UNC Safety Newsletter

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Standing Desks: 4 Great Benefits Beyond Health

If living a longer, healthier life isn’t enough of a reason to sit less, here are more benefits of a standing desk – benefits that go way beyond the medical.

The comments that follow come from the source. They are not from researchers or manufacturers, but from the experiences of people who actually use standing desks.

The Joy of Standing

Photo: jonny goldstein

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Getting Used to Standing Desks and Reaping the Benefits

If you have a 9-5 desk job, whether at home or in the office, you may be suffering from the “sitting disease.” Many people spend at least 40-50 hours a week sitting in front of a computer, a TV, or commuting to work, not realizing they are at risk for chronic disease. But thankfully, a few have already switched to using a standing desk that allows them to change their sedentary lifestyle to a healthier one.

Gina Trapani's standing desk

Lifehacker founding editor Gina Trapani switched to this standing desk set-up. Source: smarterware.org.

Why People are Switching to Standing Desks

Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase one’s risk of having heart disease and diabetes, hence the name, “sitting disease”. This is known to occur, even if people go to the gym or do some exercise a few hours a week. The fact that one spends a lot of time continuously sitting in a day is enough to cause an imbalance in calorie expenditure and increase biomarkers like cholesterol and blood sugar. This is why some people have switched to a healthier way of doing their usual desk job – standing, instead of sitting. Continue Reading…

Standing Desks: 5 Reasons to Stand More

A standing desk or stand-up desk is a type of desk used for writing, reading or working while standing up or sitting on a high stool. Standing desks were popular in homes and offices during the 18th and 19th centuries, and they were custom-made to fit the height of the user. Modern desks are height adjustable, with ergonomics, to fit most people’s needs.

Happy at a new sit-stand desk

John M. enjoying his new Ergotron Workfit-S sit-stand workstation. Photo: jsmjr

Why Use a Standing Desk?

Today, more and more people are using adjustable desks to be able avoid sitting down. Here are some reasons why one should consider using a standing desk.

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