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Working From Home Is Here to Stay, so Set up Smartly

man sitting up straight at deskWith remote work becoming a staple since COVID-19, many people have permanently transitioned to working from the comfort of their homes. While “Zooming” or typing in a bathrobe and bunny slippers or T-shirt and sweats can be a perk, a pitfall of home-based work is the effect on spinal health. That’s because makeshift home offices, like kitchen tables and uncomfortable chairs, are far from ideal, often leading to increased stress and discomfort.

It’s Time for an Upgrade

Recognizing the need for change is crucial if your temporary work-from-home situation has become permanent. It’s important to upgrade your home office setup for health and productivity. Investing in ergonomic solutions, such as proper monitors and sit-stand desks, can significantly improve your workday comfort and overall well-being.

Ergonomic Solutions to Consider

Our chiropractors recommend the following:

Sit-Stand Desks

A versatile sit-stand desk allows you to alternate between sitting and standing, thereby reducing the strain on your spine and encouraging movement.

Exercise Balls

Consider swapping out the traditional office chair for a large exercise ball to engage your core, improve posture, and introduce dynamic sitting into your routine.

Proper Monitor Setup

Raising your monitor or laptop to eye level can help avoid neck strain and promote a more comfortable viewing angle, which is crucial for those long work hours.

The 30-30 Rule for Movement

Sitting has been called the new smoking due to its link to many health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, which could lead to heart disease. That’s why it’s vital to move often throughout your workday.

Incorporating movement into your day is as important as your physical setup. We recommend adhering to the 30-30 rule—moving every 30 minutes for at least 30 seconds. Doing so can mitigate the adverse effects of prolonged sitting or standing.

Personalize Your Setup

Finally, personalizing your home office setup to fit your specific needs is vital. Whether it’s investing in an external keyboard for better ergonomics with a laptop or adjusting your workspace to encourage movement, small changes can lead to significant health benefits.

If you have any questions about your personal setup, please ask Winnipeg chiropractors Dr. Dan Timmerman or Dr. Pascal Breton the next time you visit the practice. And be sure to check out The Healthy Commute for more tips on achieving a healthier, more comfortable work-from-home experience!

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