The Queensland Government has released a series of fantastic resources on creating healthy and safe computer work. There are six videos in the series, including: selecting and adjusting your chair, setting up your workstation, visual comfort for computer work, working from home, mobile computer work, and the video we are featuring today – how to stay active while working on the computer. Keep an eye out to see the link to BeUpstanding! All of the resources can be found here.
Working on computers often involves long periods of being sedentary at your desk. When your work requires such little movement, plan movement into your day to reduce the risk of pain and chronic diseases. Exercising before or after work doesn’t protect you from these health risks if you spend most of your day sitting.
Tips to get moving when you’re working on computers
- Position your printer, scanner, photocopier and rubbish bin away from your desk so you need to walk to them.
- Use your sit/stand desk to change position regularly throughout the day.
- Use a Bluetooth/wireless headset to allow you to stand and move during phone or video calls.
- Vary your work tasks so that you change your postures and use different parts of your body.
- Take short regular breaks to move away from your desk and aim to change your position every 30 minutes.
- Find more active ways to get to work and getting around in the day e.g. combine a meeting with a walk, park your car further away, get off the bus one stop earlier, use the stairs instead of the lift, go for a lunchtime walk.
You can also find more information in our Ergonomic guide to computer-based workstations (PDF, 934.14 KB).
The above text was taken from the Queensland Government Website, which can be found here.