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Posted Jan 11, 2013 by Gym Source in FIT Fact and tagged ergonomics, MacBreakZ, stability ball, treadmill desk, workspace.

Is Your Workspace a Fitness Friend or Fiend?

No matter how fit you are, you probably spend many more hours sitting at a desk than exercising in the gym.  Sitting and staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can put strain on your back, neck and eyesight.  So make a few simple changes to your workspace to help keep you healthy, improve posture/flexibility and even strengthen your core. Rearrange your workspace to make it ergonomically sound – this can help you avoid neck, wrist, and back strain.  Switch out your standard office chair for a balance or stability ball. Sitting on the ball can improve your spinal alignment and strengthen the muscles in your core.  Or consider the benefits of a treadmill desk – the Lifespan TR800 – DT3 is a standing desk treadmill that helps incorporate movement in your day and improve your health and productivity.  Dim your computer screen to avoid vision strain and dry eyes. Also, take breaks throughout the day.  MacBreakZ is a workspace “ergonomic assistant” and has created a program that will remind you to take stretch breaks and sit properly.

Making a few key changes like these will help you work better and healthier in the years ahead.

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