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By Sophie Anderson

Top Tips for your well-being and productivity at work

The average Australian spends 70 per cent of their time at work glued to a chair. While it is unavoidable to be desk- bound at work, it is important to focus on your health and well-being to reduce the risk of illness and increase overall productivity. Cancer Council Queensland have five tips to get you started:

1. Stand Up- Try implementing simple strategies to break up prolonged periods of sitting. You could always stand in a meeting or stand while talking on the telephone. Research shows frequent micro breaks improve comfort, work performance and overall well-being.

2. Take A Break- Sometimes it gets extremely busy which makes it easier to eat while you are working instead of have a proper break. However, it is extremely important to make your lunch break a priority. Block out a break in your calendar everyday to avoid the temptation of eating at your desk. Walk around the block instead or spend some time re energising your body.

3. Assess your desk- Poor posture is the cause of aches and pains after a long day in the office. When sitting on your chair you should be able to put your feet flat on the floor with your knees in line to your hips. Position your computer screen directly in front of you with the top of the screen at least 2-3 inches above eye level. Sit an arms length away for maximum comfort.

4. Stretch- Every 20 minutes stop and stretch for 30 seconds. Gently stretch your arms, back, shoulders and neck. Frequently take your eyes off the computer screen to avoid strain.

Use these four tips to spice up your office life – the healthy way.

Source

www.northlakesmessenger.com.au

www.cancerqld.org.au

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