Chained to desk

The office environment presents all sorts of physical and mental challenges, the main one being having to sit at your computer all day with the associated problems that brings.

Thankfully it is possible to reduce the amount of time you sit at your desk and be more mobile with a few changes to how you approach your working day.

  • Get a hands free set for your desk phone. Obviously this helps when you are talking on the phone and need to use your computer, but in addition, it’s great to stand up and pace whenever you talk on the phone. You’ll even find your conversations more engaging and that you communicate better.
  • Get the teas/coffees in for your team. Not only does this get you away from your desk, it’ll make you popular too.
  • Go for a smokeless cigarette break. Seriously. Smoking may be health scourge no.1, but at least smokers get a regular break. And for as long as cigarettes are legal I recommend that you join them, albeit upwind, and amaze yourself with the insider information that comes out in smoke breaks.
  • Get up and talk to a colleague in person instead of using instant messengering or email, especially if they are in another room or on another floor.
  • And finally, we have Sarah Warman to thank for this, and I’m going to quote her exactly as she posted it on her Twitter feed: “If ur feeling achey sitting at a desk all day, take a break & GO DANCE IN THE LOO! Ur body will be so happy!! (As will u!) ‪#‎GODANCEINTHELOO‬” – and why not, if your colleagues are getting the teas and coffees in too you should get plenty of opportunities to dance!

Taken from the blog written by BackCare member Adrain Farrell of Alexander Technique London