Over the past year, we are all finding ourselves sitting at our desks for longer periods of time. Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders. Staying in one position while doing repetitive motions is typical of a desk job.
The good news is that moving or stretching is a buildable habit. For starters, you can set a timer to remind you to take a quick walk or stretch. If you’re pressed for time, there are certain stretches you can do at your desk. Remember to breathe normally throughout the stretches, and never hold your breath. With each stretch, you may find yourself more flexible. Don’t go further than is comfortable.
The goal is to move in new positions throughout the day to avoid repetitive injuries. Here are a few things you can do to stay active while working:
- Stand up while on the phone or eating lunch.
- Get a flexible standing desk so you can change your position.
- Walk laps during meetings.
- Find an excuse to stand up, move around or stretch every hour.