A lot of you folks spend way too much time in front of the computer, sitting on your posterior. We realize that this increases your productivity, but we also know that it can undermine your health. So, here are a couple of tips to help you to maintain your health while working on the computer.
There are a lot of studies on the net, demonstrating that while a person is working on a computer, their body utilizes more water than under other circumstances. Haven’t you felt thirsty while working intensely on one of our assignments?
So, be sure to keep yourself hydrated. A couple of cups of water or caffeine-free tea or tisanes per hour should be enough. To make certain that you are drinking enough, check that you are, to put it bluntly, generating through-put via that body system!
To deal with the potential problem of emissions from the computer screen, you can try putting a cactus next to your PC monitor, although its effectiveness as emissions absorber is not scientifically proven. Why not, after all, add a touch of the natural environment to your surroundings!
Who knows, maybe it actually helps=). There are also screens on the market which specifically block the monitor’s electromagnetic waves which worry some scientists.
As for sitting, your blood circulation is severely impaired when sitting. Thus, rising from your seated position and moving around while imbibing something calorie-free and healthful is actually a good idea for your vascular system and for your brain.
Also taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise gently for a couple of minutes is a good idea. There are innumerable places on the web to get clever ideas for low-impact exercises, some of which can be done from a chair. Some of these, such as pointing and flexing your toes, rotating your ankles, tightening your gluteus maximus muscles (translation: your sit-upon!), or your abdominal muscles, and rotating your shoulders, can all be done right through your work session.
Remember to keep a steady temperature in the room where you work. You should not feel cold or hot – you should feel comfortable.
Make sure to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, both for optimum nutrition, and to keep your intestines moving things along. This is especially important if your working schedule keeps you seated at the computer way past 8 hours a day. Physical inactivity slows down the natural peristaltic activity of your innards.
Your immunity suffers equally from the stresses on the rest of your organism. This means that you need to make sure that you have high quality “fuel” to bolster your resistance to disease =).
And last, but not least: try to plan your work such that you to have a normal sleep period during the night – at least 7-8 hours. Power naps during the day are a great idea too. If they had not removed the sofa from our department some time ago, I would be practicing power napping every day=).
So, good luck to you! Be healthy, and be happy! See you!