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Stuck at a Desk? 8 Tips for Staying Healthy

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Did you know that sitting too much can make you sick? Research shows that sitting for extended lengths of time can increase your risk for serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even death.

Sitting at a computer all day can also cause other uncomfortable symptoms including dry eyes, as well as neck and back pain.

If your job requires you to be on a computer most of the day, there are things you can do to help yourself stay healthy.

1) Get moving

Just because you work on a computer doesn’t mean you have to be chained to your chair. Set an alarm on your phone or computer to remind you to get up and move at least once every hour. You don’t have to go far — just walking up and down the hallway or to the bathroom and back can get your blood circulating.

You can also do simple exercises while sitting at your desk, such as lifting your feet off the floor and swiveling back and forth to stretch your abs, or reaching for the ceiling to stretch.

If you work in a building with multiple floors, take the stairs instead of the elevator. If you have too many floors to walk up or down, take the elevator to the floor one or two below your destination and take the stairs the rest of the way.

2) Hydrate

Drinking water is good for your health. Plus drinking plenty during the day will give you an added reminder to get up to use the bathroom and refill your water bottle.

3) Set up your desk for success

If your work area is not optimized for your personal body size, you may be asking for headaches, dry eyes and more.

Looking down too much puts strain on your neck and back. Looking up at the monitor can make your eyes dry. Adjust the height of your monitor so you can look directly across at it. You can invest in a custom monitor stand, or just use a stack of books to get the right height.

4) Adjust your keyboard

If your keyboard is too far away or too high, you may have arm or back pain from reaching for it. This can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis.

Pure Wow. 8 Things You Need to Do If You Sit at a Computer All Day. Web. March 2, 2016. 

Time. 5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit at a Computer All Day. John Patrick Pullen. Web. March 2, 2016.

CBS News. Too much sitting raises risk of death, even if you exercise. Web. March 2, 2016. 

MedicineNet. How to Set Up Your Keyboard and Mouse at Your Computer. Web. March 2, 2016.


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