When sitting at a desk for hours on end you may be causing micro-injuries to your tissues without even being aware of it.
To combat these micro-injuries, we recommend taking micro-breaks.
One of the easiest ways to protect desk jockeys from back pain is to take a series of micro-breaks throughout the day.
Microbreaks are to be so short that it doesn’t interrupt your day or workflow, but they do get your body moving. Being completely sedentary is one of the worst things we do to our bodies.
We were designed to move and move frequently. Unfortunately, in today’s computer-based society this is not always a reasonable thing to do. Instead, try taking these microbreaks.
Move the printer to an area that requires you to stand up and walk to get a printout.
Stand up when talking on the phone (the use of a stand-up desk is also helpful)
Go to the restroom or get a cup of coffee/water (frequently; remember the glass of water every hour)
Break up continuous computer time with tasks such as checking phone messages, reading reports, etc.
One example is a simple neck stretch. Below you can download a card to keep beside your desk that gives some proven exercises during your micro-break.
In this helpful guide you'll find:
- 2 neck stretches to help your neck feel great
- The posture reset drill to improve how you feel when you sit
- Standing back extensions
- Standing hamstring stretch to improve leg function and mobility
Make sure to implement these micro-breaks every 60 minutes.
Once you've got a plan in place, it's time to move on to the next module.