Mind & Body
Tips On Health In The Workplace
Today, we have three great tips for health in the workplace.
How to Improve Your Posture at Work
The importance of adopting a good posture at work cannot be overlooked. If you are hunched over the desk all day, you are guaranteed to get a bad back. Luckily, there are some ways you can improve posture in the workplace. Firstly, make sure you get up and move every so often. Sitting for extended periods is bad for your body, as it causes abdominal muscles to get weaker and blood flow to become slower. Investing in a lumbar support pillow is wise, as it will support your spine and ensure you sit in the correct position every time. To avoid getting rounded shoulders, draw your shoulder blades back and down. One of the most important things you must do is keep your ears in line with your shoulders. If you lean too far back or forward your posture will be off-kilter. Finally, make sure the height of your chair is correct by ensuring your forearms are in line with your keyboard and horizontal to the desktop.
Changing Your Diet to Enhance Productivity
Do you start the day feeling energised and refreshed, but struggle to get through the afternoon lull? By making some changes to your diet, you can get the boost in productivity you need. Junk food can cause fatigue, as it causes blood sugar to spike then drop. The same energy crash can occur when eating whole-grain bread or pasta. Honey turns off orexin, which is the chemical that triggers alertness, while almonds contain tryptophan and magnesium, both of which lower nerve and muscle function while steadying heart rhythm. So, what should you eat instead? This is something a GI doctor can help with. Sunflower seeds are great because they contain thiamine, which improves cognitive function and memory. Why not have a salmon and avocado salad for lunch? The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon boost memory and mental performance while avocados are a natural stimulant. Eggs are also great, as they speed up reaction times because they contain choline, which stimulates the brain’s reactive sensors. For a healthy snack, grab some berries – the darker the better. Berries are filled with antioxidants that improve memory.
Standing up Is the Simple Way to Boost Productivity at Work
There are many complicated theories and suggestions regarding how to boost productivity in the workplace. However, the solution could be a lot easier than you think. Research conducted by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health has concluded that simply standing up is a great way to enhance productivity. By this, we don’t mean standing up for five minutes a couple of times throughout an eight-hour day. Instead, have you considered a standing desk? The argument for these desks is strong. They can help to enhance cognitive functioning and alertness while also burning more calories and fighting obesity. The study mentioned earlier involved two groups of call centre employees being examined over a period of six months. One group had a workstation whereby they could alter the height of the desk so they could sit or stand while the other group worked at a standard desk where you could only sit. Those in the former group proved to be 46 per cent more productive. Productivity was measured by assessing the number of successful calls completed during an average hour at work.