How to Stay Healthy While Being on a Computer All Day
By Sadira Sittampalam
A lot of us are forced to look at a computer screen all day as it is required of us for our work. However, what is not required of us is to just sit at our desks and stare at our screens for the entire eight-hour workday.
There are many things that you can still do to ensure that you are being healthy while working, here are some easy-to-apply techniques that you can do to make sure you are working and living up to your true potential!
Get up and move around every hour
One of the biggest problems of working at a computer is sitting down for hours on one end and not really moving around. While some people recommend standing tables, a much more reasonable way to be a little more active during the day is by standing up and walking around for around five minutes every hour. You can set an alarm every hour for this, or you can even download apps that are specifically designed for this issue.
Even this small amount of activity will help improve blood circulation, relieve an immense amount of strain on your neck and back and also burn a few calories. While you don’t have to do anything particularly intense during this time, you should generally be looking for any opportunity to get in some movement or exercise with simple things like placing your bin further away so you have to get up and walk to throw something or just taking the stairs instead of the elevator. While it won’t suddenly give you a six-pack, these actions do accumulate and make you a little healthier.
Adjust your monitor to eye level
The placing of your computer screen makes a huge difference to your health. If it is too low, you will be pointing your head down to look at the screen, which causes neck and backaches. Meanwhile, if it is too high, it can contribute to dry eye syndrome. The best level is when the top of the screen is level with your eyes. This way your eyes are looking down about 10 degrees, which is the perfect angle to avoid lots of unwanted problems.
Give your eyes some rest
While it may not show itself immediately, sitting and staring at a computer screen all day does put a lot of strain on your eyes. Over time this can contribute to vision problems, headaches, and other health problems. The rather simple solution for this is to make sure that every few minutes you just take a few seconds to close your eyes or just look at something other than your screen.
You should also try and adjust the brightness of your screen so that it does not hurt your eyes, but where it is easy to look at your screen. Finally, remember that you have to blink. Blinking is essential in order to keep your vision sharp, and we often forget to blink and opt to just stare into our screen instead so maybe just keep a reminder somewhere on your desk to just blink.
Keep your snacks healthy
No matter how much exercise or movement you manage to fit into your day, it doesn’t change the fact that for the most part, you are still sitting down and not burning many calories. Working at your desk is simply not a physical job so the best way to make sure you aren’t gaining any unnecessary weight in your sedentary lifestyle is to have a nice healthy diet which obviously will include healthy snacks.
The last thing you would want to do is to be munching on junk food all day as these processed foods are basically foods that lack any nutritional value, while also being high in calories, sugar and fats that will only add more heath problems. So if you do need to eat, make sure you are eating right. Nuts are great because they are high in protein and will keep you satiated, however, basically any fruit or vegetable will do the trick.