5 Tips for a Better Day at Your Desk

5 Tips for a Better Day at Your Desk

Yong-Li Zhou

Deviating a little here today from the typical skincare article, but this is something that is equally important when it comes to health and well-being. Did you know that according to research, up to 77% of work undertaken by the average Australian is done at a desk? The statistics are staggering with it now becoming a cause for concern. So without further ado, here are five tips for a better day at your desk, because let's be honest here, we spend way too much of our time sitting at one.

1. Find your ideal position - there is a lot of research out there which goes into depth about the right sitting positing, particularly the right sitting position if you are at a desk on your computer. General rules include keeping your arms at a 90 degree angle from the desk and keyboard, sitting at least 18 inches away from your computer screen, and keeping feet flat on the floor, spread hip distance apart.

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2. Invest in an ergonomic chair - there is a reason why the market for this exists. When it comes to your body, there is no such thing as too much money. It is something you want to get right. Otherwise, you will find yourself forking out extra on those physiotherapy bills. (Click here for an article with a list of ergonomic chairs)3. Keep water at hand - it can be easy to forget to drink enough water in a day. Keeping a big bottle of water on your desk, or even just a mug is a sure way to make sure you keep up your fluids and it also makes you take micro breaks.

4. Take regular breaks - this can be easier said that done. One of the biggest tips my optometrist ever gave me was to break every 40 minutes and to give my eyes a rest. We forget that staring at a computer screen the whole day isn't the best. Stand up from your desk and even stretch out a little. Maybe walk around your desk (or office if you have one) a couple of times before sitting back down.

5. Evening stretches - so this isn't one that you do during the course of your work day, but it is a good one. Try a little evening yoga or if you aren't quite game enough for that, get yourself a little stretching routine focusing on your shoulders and lower back. (Check out our Pinterest for some stretching ideas)

Working at a desk all day can leave you feeling lifeless, so give these few things a go to see if they make a difference. If you are, however, already experiencing some aches, we recommend that you go and seek some professional advice.



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