Let's work for our health !

We often hear described today's lifestyle as sedentary, but is it really so? Are we less and less active or less aware? Today I would like to talk to you about our health at work and its consequences on Posture. Most people I know frequently complain of cervical or lower back pain, but few of them know what is causing them. These pains are mainly due to two factors, our jobs accompanied by incorrect posture.

The digital age has had a massive influence on our lives, sedentary work has become increasingly common and indispensable for the way and needs of today's market. Devices such as computers, tablets and phones have spread to the world of work with different consequences: you tend to stay for many hours in the same position, which is incorrect and harmful to our system. This applies to students as well. At the same time, however, there are many other professions that involve postural imbalances despite not having to deal with the technological factor or not being static: waiters, dentists, mechanics, hairdressers, filmers, health workers etc; The damage in these cases is the constant repetitiveness in the job and movements.

In both scenarios a common problem emerges: hands are always in front of us in carrying out the tasks, and almost never sideways and above the level of the head. In addition to this, we should consider the long hours in a row, that we spend working.

A very recent study(1) between the School of Management Engineering in Wuhu (Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu, PR China) and the School of Industrial Engineering at West Lafayette (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA) analysed the effects of sedentaryness in the workplace, aiming to explore the variation of muscle activities during prolonged sitting work and how a pause can mitigate the risk of muscle symptoms. Participants, monitored with electromiography (EMG), showed muscle fatigue after about 40 minutes of sedentary work. Results showed that standing and stretching for 5 minutes is the most effective method to keep your muscles relaxed for 30-45min. So don't despair, with little effort you can improve your day and it will also gain the level of your attention!

(¹)It is time to have a rest: How do break types affect muscular activity and perceived discomfort during prolonged sitting work

School of Management Engineering, Anhui Polytechnic University, Wuhu, PR China

School of Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, US

Published by Elsevier Korea LLC.9 April 2020.

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