It’s essential to periodically review your home workstation and ensure you’re set up for success moving into the new year. Since you spend several hours at your workspace, it should support your work responsibilities and be arranged in a way that helps you avoid injuries. This article discusses the importance of ergonomics and home workstation best practices.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting a workspace to your needs and aims to increase efficiency while reducing discomfort and the likelihood of injury. With more people working from home and other remote locations, ergonomics remain critical to the workday. And fortunately, you’re more in control of workspace ergonomics in your own home versus an office.
Poor workstation ergonomics can lead to reduced productivity and several musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that may have long-lasting effects, such as head or neck strain and damage to muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons.
While completing a nonergonomic motion may feel natural or safe for the short term, repetitive or prolonged use of an unhealthy body movement can lead to long-term injuries and strains.
Risk factors for work-related MSDs include awkward postures, repetition and inadequate lighting. General ergonomics best practices can help you avoid these risks. Review your home workstation setup to ensure it’s still promoting a health workday:
As you find yourself working from home for a prolonged time, taking small steps can go a long way toward working more productively and preventing ergonomic injuries. Keep ergonomics in mind and make your workstation work for you.
Some people can develop an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle when working and living at home. It may be easy to forget about exercise when you’re home all day. The good news is you’re in control of keeping yourself active while also getting your work done. It comes down to building healthy habits for your workday and weekend.
Regular physical activity is vital for your health. There are numerous health benefits of physical activity. Most significantly, it can help maintain your weight and reduce your risk for high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that most adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, such as brisk walking or light housework. Additionally, it’s recommended to do muscle-strengthening activities two or more days per week that target major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
Consider these strategies for staying active at home:
Consistency is key with any fitness routine. Staying active at home makes you more likely to adopt fitness habits and live a healthy lifestyle.
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