Keep up with the latest posture, back health and corporate wellness news with our weekly round up of interesting and useful articles.
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The focus these days seem to be on getting up and moving to reduce sitting time. Sitting, especially in poor posture, for extended amounts of time is destroying our health, and causing all sorts of aches, pains and issues. Here’s our weekly round up of articles that provide insights, tips and information on work day activity as well as for general posture and health.
Get walking, while working: the treadmill desk — The Guardian
by Rose George
Rose recently came across some frightening statistics on sitting and the detrimental effects it has on health and life expectancy. Namely, people who sit for 11 hours or more a day are 40% more likely to die during the next three years, and most of us sit for nine hours a day, but only sleep on average for seven. In this article, she documents her experience on making the decision to increase her daily step count by creating her own treadmill desk. Read the full article.
6 Benefits of Unchaining Yourself From Your Desk to Take a Break Outside — Entrepreneur
by Jacqueline Whitmore
Working in a stuffy, artificially-lighted office all day can make you tired and cranky but there is a cure, and it’s as close as the nearest door. Take your work outside. Being out in nature does your body, mind and soul some good. Whether it’s a bench in a nearby courtyard, a table at a sidewalk café or a lawn chair in your own backyard, the world is full of outdoor places where you can brainstorm, daydream or create a personal workspace. Read the full article.
Is a standing desk necessary for better health? — ConsumerReport.org
A standing desk can be helpful in getting you out of your seat more, but a growing stack of research suggests that taking short “activity breaks” while working, watching TV, or surfing the internet can counteract the potentially negative health consequences of prolonged sitting: an increased risk of earlier death, including death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, and an increased likelihood of type 2 diabetes. Read the full article.
How Much Work Can The Back Do Without Strain? — Wall Street Journal
by Heidi Mitchell
About 80 percent of American adults complain of back pain and it is one of the most common reasons for calling in sick to work. Some $50 billion is spent on back-pain care in the U.S. each year. Still, it is difficult to know when we’re putting too much strain on the complicated mass of bones, nerves, muscles, joints and ligaments. One expert, Kee Kim, chief of spinal neurosurgery at University of California, Davis, explains what the back is capable of and how posture and core strength play a part in its job. Read the full article.
Back Injuries and Some Killer Ways to Prevent It — Sportskeeda.com
Whether you’re a weekend warrior, an elite athlete, or somewhere in between, there’s a strong chance that eventually you’ll deal with back pain, too. Here’s why: Everyday activities that you do without thinking — sitting at the computer, slipping on a pair of shoes, crawling into bed at night — can make or break your spine. Most aches are caused by strains (injured muscles or tendons) or sprains (damage to the tough fibrous tissue, or ligaments, located where your vertebrae connect to joints). These injuries are typically brought on by overuse, a new activity, excessive lifting, or an accident. Other times, a compressed (aka pinched) nerve, such as in a herniated disk is to blame for the ache. Read the full article.
Moving Beyond Step Counting: the Versatility of the Accelerometer — Design News
by Tom Emrich
With a large majority of wearable devices focused on step counting it is no wonder that the accelerometer has become somewhat synonymous with a pedometer. One of the most common sensors found in tons of gadgets, including wearable tech, the accelerometer is a sensor that, as the name suggests, measures acceleration of dynamic movement and vibrations that can be translated into activity such as steps. Read the full article.
That’s all for this week! Be sure to get out, enjoy the sun and stay active this weekend.
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