By now, you’ve heard the reports: The more you sit, the worse it is for you, and meeting planners might be more susceptible than average. Whether you work with a desktop, laptop, notebook, hand-held device or some combination thereof, it’s too easy to fall into unproductive, energy-draining customs and postures. This is especially so when you sit for prolonged periods, staring at a screen.
Here are a few simple exercises you can do right where you are. They’ll help keep you on a more energetic keel.
- For an energy boost: Inhale slowly through your nose and hold your breath for two seconds, then exhale through your mouth. Repeat this often.
- To loosen your shoulders and upper torso: Using a wide circular motion, roll your shoulders forward four or five times. Then do the same thing in reverse.
- To stretch your neck: Turn your head slowly from side to side and look over each shoulder. Count to three, and then repeat several more times.
- To stretch your back: While seated, slowly bend your upper body between your knees. Hold for a few seconds, then sit up and relax. Repeat a few more times.
- To stretch your forearms and give your wrists relief: Hold your arms straight out in front of you and raise and lower your hands bending them at your wrists. Repeat several times.
- To relax your upper back and shoulder blades: Fold your arms in front of you, raise them to your shoulders, and then bring your elbows straight back. Hold for several seconds. Repeat several times.
- To relax your fingers and hands: Make a tight fist and hold it for several seconds. Then, spread your fingers as far as you can and hold for another five seconds. Repeat several times.
Better eye health
Your computer, tablets and other screens consist of pixels, dots of light that are bright at the center and dimmer at their borders. It’s hard to read at your PC for a prolonged period because your eyes have nothing to “lock onto.”
People who do this regularly complain of headaches, itching or burning eyes, blurry vision, fatigue, aching shoulders and an aching neck. Gazing into screens for long periods of time, day after day, adds up to eye strain, which drains energy.
Eye strain is now the single most prevalent office complaint in America. One government study estimates that 91 percent of people who use a PC for more than three hours daily, experience eye strain at some point.
These tips can help minimize or even ward off this kind of eye strain:
- Reduce any glare from the walls surrounding you, especially if it reflects back onto your screen.
- Try to match the brightness of your room to that of your monitor.
- Reduce surrounding lighting.
- Refocus your eyes on distant objects every few minutes, then turn back to your monitor.
- Blink often.
Try these. They actually work. What tips do you have to keeping your energy up and muscles relaxed? Please share in the box below.