Centra Health: Avoid Unnecessary Work Injuries

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AVOID UNNECESSARY WORK INJURIES

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In general, standing is far better than sitting. If your job requires you to sit at a computer for most of the day, consider a standing desk. Being able to stand for 2-3 hours a day, instead of sitting the whole time, can make a big difference in the way that you feel and the health of your spine.There are some good standing desks on the market such as varidesk.com that make it easy to transition from sitting to standing. The benefits of a standing desk: Did you know that standing burns between .7 to .15more calories per minute than sitting does? It may not seem like a lot, but by simply standing for longer periods of time, you can easily burn more calories throughout the day. Sedentary lifestyles, such as those traditionally associated with desk jobs, can increase your risk of heart disease, obesity, or other serious health issues. However, investing in a standing desk or

alternate seating option at work can help in greatly decreasing these risks! Studies suggest whether you choose a standing or adjustable desk for your work day, integrative support can be beneficial in easing yourself into the new setting. In fact, those who participated in some sort of integrative support program for their standing or adjustable desk stood for an average of 50minutes longer each day than those who did not. In addition to the type of desk you stand at, ergonomics is also an important concept to keep in mind. Ergonomic laptop desks and chairs can promote proper posture and decrease the risk for back problems, while workplace design can make an impact on employee happiness, productivity, and well-being.

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