Tips for Staying Healthy and Happy At Work

Are you in an overly dependent relationship with your desk chair? If you’re struggling to remember the last time you stood up or stretched out, the answer is yes. Sitting in a chair all day is bad for your blood circulation, does nothing for your posture and can have negative health effects over time. This relationship just can’t go on – here are five tips for breaking things off with your chair and improving your overall health at work.

  1. Get moving. So here’s what you’re up against: sitting for 90 minutes or more can decrease blood flow below the knees by 50 percent, reducing the flow of oxygen and increasing the chance of clots. It’s time to move more than your fingers across the keyboard – take a walk around the office, stand up and stretch, or go for a stroll around the block. If you can’t find the time to leave your chair, wearing your VIM & VIGR compression socks will help keep your legs energized and your blood circulating until your workday is over.
  2. Straighten up. The benefits of having good posture include maintaining correct muscle alignment, enhancing your ability to breathe properly, decreasing stress and fatigue on ligaments and muscles, and more. According to chiropractor Todd Sinett, sitting during work stresses your spine 30 percent more than standing – ouch! Sit up straight and avoid slouching into your chair or leaning over your desk.
  3. Keep it clean. Your keyboard, mouse and phone are home to thousands of germs that can potentially make you sick, and who has time for that? Protect yourself from the sniffles (or worse!) by keeping your space clean. Disinfect your desk and devices regularly, and don’t forget to wash your hands – a lot.
  4. Hydrate. When 4 p.m. rolls around and you’re feeling sluggish, skip the latte and drink a glass of water. Even though caffeine gives you that initial buzz, it increases anxiety and irritability. According to Web MD, drinking water energizes muscles and maintains a healthy balance of bodily fluids. On average, everyone should consume eight to 10 glasses of water every day in order to stay hydrated. Drink up!
  5. Take a vacation. We know how hard it can be to completely disconnect from work, but PTO is a blessing, not a curse! According to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, engaging in more leisure activities helps lower blood pressure, stress hormones and improves overall well-being. It’s time to plan a trip (don’t forget your VIM& VIGR compression socks!). You’ll return feeling relaxed, recharged and ready to tackle your to-do list.

We want to know how you stay healthy and alert at work. Share your desk chair break up experiences with us in a comment below!   

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