Don’t Let Your Office Environment Damage Your Physical Health

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With most of us spending up to forty hours a week in the office, it’s important to make it a healthy environment. Here are a few ways to ensure that your office isn’t wearing you down.

Don’t stay sat

Being confined to a desk has led many of us to live a sedentary lifestyle. This can pose a lot of dangers to our health. Posture can be affected by constantly being craned over a desk, stomach muscles can degenerate and weight gain can result as a lack of exercise. Taking a few moments to get up, walk around and have stretch can have many health benefits. There are many other ways to counter a sedentary office existence. You can buy a raised desk and stand up whilst you work. You can place things around the office that require you to get up from your desk, instead of storing them nearby for convenience. You can even swap out your chair for an exercise ball, working out your core as you work.

Keep on top of cleaning

Failure to keep on top of cleanliness could expose you to more bacteria, making you more susceptible to bugs. You can encourage staff to clean up after themselves or ensure a thoroughly clean environment by hiring a contract cleaning company. One place that should be the focus is the kitchen – if you have multiple employees and everyone shares mugs, take the time to ensure these are being thoroughly cleaned out otherwise bugs will spread fast.

Clear the air

A lack of ventilation will encourage bacteria to breed and dust to be ingested. Keep air flowing into the office by keeping windows open or installing some form of ventilation system. You can help purify the air by growing office plants or buying an air purifier – useful for stuffy offices with few windows. If you have an air conditioning unit, ensure that this is regularly cleaned out before summer comes round. Bacteria, dead flies and dust can build up in this units over winter when the air con is not used, which will then get pumped out the first time you switch on the air con in the summer.

Eat away from the desk

Eating at your desk can have all kinds of bad effects. Other than a crummy keyboard, you could get into bad snacking habits as well as mentally not separating yourself from work. Make it your mission to only eat out of the office – or at least away from your desk. This will kerb the urge to eat as much food.

Let your eyes wonder

Our excessive time spent staring at a computer screen is thought to leave most of us with visual problems later on in life. Every twenty minutes, take a break from the screen and let your eyes wonder elsewhere. You can also reduce the damage to your eyes by tackling screen glare and adjusting computer display settings. Always make sure that the lighting is good enough so that you’re not straining your eyes.

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