Use a Computer All Day? Here’s How You Can Maintain Your Health

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Working at a computer desk is an everyday necessity for millions of people all over the world. Some do it at the office, and some do it at home. But no matter where you need to do your work, sitting at a desk all day can be rather harmful to your health if you don’t take steps to combat it. Issues such as repetitive strain injury, eye problems, and bad posture are all poor computer desk health symptoms.

Boost Your Circulation

If you sit at a desk and use a PC all day, you pretty much only move your hands, neck, and eyes. As a result, your legs are pretty much neglected, which can cause circulation issues. You can combat this with leg lift exercises, which will look rather unusual at work, or with compression socks like Dr. Motion. These will help relieve pressure, improve circulation, and can prevent issues like varicose veins.

Protect Your Vision

Something that is often overlooked is the effect of a PC screen on our eyes. Staring at a monitor all day can potentially cause headaches and eye strain because of the refresh rate and blue light. Blue light is a type of radiation emitted from PC, laptops, and smart device screens and has been shown to increase the chance of macular degeneration. Blue light glasses and clip-ons are very cheap and will help prevent the issues associated with blue light radiation.

Practice Ergonomics

Working with computers, you will undoubtedly have heard of ergonomics. This subject essentially relates to maximizing comfort and health in a working environment. For example, your feet should be flat on the floor with your knees at a 90-degree angle when working at a computer desk. Your back should also be straight, and your eyes level with the monitor. To achieve this, you need adjustable furniture, or you risk repetitive strain injury.

Take Regular Breaks

This is one of the most challenging things to do when working at a desk because you focus mainly on your work, and you might have deadlines. But this work can affect your health. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you take a 15-minute break for every hour you work at your computer. Not doing so will exacerbate the negative issues associated with working at a PC for long periods, such as fatigue and RSI. Also, in most countries, you are legally entitled to this break at work.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Staying hydrated is also a difficult thing to do when you are focused on your work. You also may not be allowed to have drinks near your PC while at work. To combat this, ask if you can use a flip-lock drinks container as drinking enough water is essential for maintaining concentration. Most workplaces will make an exception if the container can be closed.

Maintain Energy Levels

In addition to getting enough water, you should aim to maintain energy levels by eating correctly as you work at your computer. Heavy, carbohydrate-based meals will bloat you, especially if you drink water as well. On the other hand, lighter protein-based meals such as white meats and fish with leafy greens and grains will sustain your energy for long periods. Without making you feel heavy.

Do Some Stretching

As with promoting circulation, you must perform some type of exercise, specifically, stretching. Because you sit down at a PC all day and hardly move, your muscles will become cramped. The areas most affected are your hips, back, and neck. But wrists, legs, and arms are also affected. So, whenever you take a break, try to get some stretching in as well. This will help prevent minor issues from becoming more significant health problems down the line.

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