The way we work (and relax) has changed dramatically over the past few years. With computerization and the widespread use of smart devices, most of us find ourselves glued to our desks or our mobile devices throughout the day.
While many of these technological improvements have been hugely beneficial to us, they also have a dark side that’s often hidden – or ignored.
Think of it for a moment. Do you often find yourself tied to your desk? Do you sometimes get so caught up in what you are doing that you forget to take a break - maybe even forget to eat lunch?
While these may seem like normal, everyday situations to you, they can, over a period of time lead to severe lifestyle-related health issues. This is why you improving posture and productivity is so important.
Improving your Posture and Productivity
How many times have you heard people complaining about conditions like sore shoulders and necks? Are you aware that these are often caused by prolonged bad postures and poor ergonomics? Studies have shown that being aware of your posture can help you avoid future health issues including chronic pain.
Let’s look at your average day. If you’re like most people, chances are, you spend too much time sitting - first in your car (or the public transport), commuting to and from work. Then you probably spend far too many hours at your desk at work. Then there is the time you spent sitting at a lunch or dinner table.
Finally, do you spend hours unwinding in front of the television – soaking in the evening’s entertainment? Many people even sleep the wrong way - on their sides – bent, in a sitting posture.
If any of this sounds familiar to you, it’s time you did something urgently to avoid potential health problems.
While ergonomic recommendations are widely available, it’s a good idea to talk to an expert who can give you suggestions that are suited specifically to your body structure and lifestyle.
If you are keen on improving your posture, talk to an expert who can guide you on how to maintain the right posture . At Paramount Health, we have been helping people improve their lives and perform at their peak through tried and tested scientific approaches and advice backed by years of experience.
What happens when you dont take breaks. And what to do about it!
There is a very important part of the ergonomic set up that most people either forget or ignore – taking proper breaks. Many people think that taking short breaks is can be counterproductive, and it stops the flow of work. But the truth is entirely different.
But here’s what really happens. If you sit without moving for an extended period, you will no doubt end up slouching. You get foggy, your eyes get blurry, and you lean forward - closer to the computer.
If this sounds like you, it’s time to try another way.
Schedule in a 2 minute break every 1.5 to 2 hours. Get up, take the longest route to and from the bathroom. You can also collect a fresh glass of water on your way back.
Then sit down, reset your posture and reposition your chair and monitor.
Here’s how Breaks Help Improve your Posture and Productivity
What I just told you might look too simple. But believe me, you will experience huge benefits to your health when you you do it regularly.
When you do this, there are several things you are accomplishing:
- You are encouraging lymphatic movement throughout your body. This improves blood and oxygen circulation, keeping you refreshed.
- Getting water on the way encourages you to keep hydrated when you are seated at your desk.
- By going to the bathroom, you are continuing the positive movement of the fluid cycle.
- Every time you get back to your desk, you are essentially starting afresh with a good posture and a clear mind.
- When you start with a clear mind, your concentration and your productivity improve.
Improving Productivity - One break at a time.
Now that you know how to improve your posture and productivity by taking short breaks, it’s time you tried it yourself. Initially, you may think of taking a short break as an interruption to your day. That’s totally understandable. But give it a go. Changing any negative habit takes time and repetition. But the benefits will far outweigh the initial discomfort of change.
Schedule a very short break for a couple of hours and follow the steps above. Ensure you properly reset when you’re back at your desk and see if there is an improvement in your posture and your productivity. I guarantee there will be.
Once you weave these tiny breaks into your daily routine, you will be amazed by how it will change your health and your life!