As experts in virtual classroom training, we spend a large chunk of our working hours at our desks behind the computer. And so do our clients.
It is common knowledge that sitting down in the same position for a long time is unhealthy.
So we thought we would give you some practical tips about healthy working practices as you work at your computer, whether you are hard at work finishing off that important report or spending a lot of time in virtual meetings.
By overusing certain muscles and limbs, a lack of rest and recovery or a faulty posture, we run the risk of irritating or damaging muscles in our arms, neck and back. This is a slow and creeping process where you may not notice the damage until it’s done. In the past, we called it Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), a term which has been used to describe a host of complaints related to muscles and limbs.
In this blog, we’ll look at muscles.
A muscle has a baseline tension, that can be increased due to stress or a bad posture. Most of us have experienced this in:
Often, we are not aware of this tension until we start to suffer pain.
How does it work?
Walking is a dynamic effort: blood flow to the muscles matches the need (see graph).
Working at the computer however is a static effort: blood flow is insufficient for the muscles. Oxygen supply is not enough, and waste products remain in the muscle tissue.
What you can do to keep your muscles healthy?
Make sure you have a correct working posture
Remember: even if you sit ‘perfectly’ from an ergonomic point of view, being in one position for an extended period of time is unhealthy.
We always interested to hear more about your tips and tricks to keep healthy in the workplace, and if you want to learn more about working in a virtual environment then don't forget to visit our website.
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