Be fit for work

Posted by Racheal Browes - 2017-08-24 07:48:12

Employment plays a big part in keeping you healthy – just going out to work is good for you, both physically and mentally.

Many people spend a large proportion of their time at work. It’s common to feel too busy doing your job to take the time to consider how it impacts on your health.

Office workers particularly spend hours sitting still and carrying out repetitive tasks. The human body isn’t designed for this; we’re supposed to be moving around, so all this time spent at a desk needs to be well managed.

Common causes of sickness absence include musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain and ‘work-relevant upper limb disorders’ like Non Specific Arm Pain (NSAP). NSAP – often known as Repetitive Strain Injury – can cause discomfort in the arms, wrists, fingers, neck and shoulders.

Other problems include feeling pressurised, anxious and low in mood. These types of conditions are experienced by most adults from time to time. If identified early and managed well, they should not result in time off from work.

There are several steps you can take to ensure you incorporate enough physical activity into your day to help you stay fit and healthy for work. These include:

  • Maintaining good posture
  • Getting some fresh air every day
  • Doing easy exercises every couple of hours
  • Taking micro breaks
  • Simple stretches
  • Ensuring your work station is set up at the correct height

Physical activity will improve your health and fitness and bring many benefits to help you get the most from work and life

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