Being physically active has been shown to decrease stress and increase productivity and performance at work (Dietitians of Canada, 2012). A decrease in stress has also been shown to improve mental and physical health. It’s all interconnected.
Are you too busy to make it to one of our fitness classes or our walking club or to the gym? That’s ok! Don’t fret, every little bit counts!!
Sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time can contribute to strain injuries of your arms, legs and most importantly your neck and back. When an individual remains in the same position for a long period of time, the same sets of muscles are working continuously causing fatigue, strain and tightness. This can result in muscle imbalances. Someone once said to me “the best posture is the next posture” when trying to maintain good circulation and prevent injury.
Here are some things you can do at your desk or close to your office:
- Stand up and stretch for a few minutes every hour (you can set an alarm for yourself if that will help you to remember)
- Perform exercises at your desk while reading and/or typing. Here are some short videos for your enjoyment and education from The Alberta Centre for Active Living:
- Consider having a “walk and talk” meeting with a co-worker instead of a sit-down or phone meeting.
Alberta Centre for Active Living (2012) Tools. Retrieved from http://www.centre4activeliving.ca/workplace/trr/tools.html
Dietitians of Canada (2012) EatRight Ontario. Keep active at work. Retrieved from http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Physical-Activity/Keep-Active-at-Work.aspx