Health & Safety Information Update

Texting can be a pain in the neck

The image illustrates the impact of lowering your head and the stress it puts on your neck and shoulders.  60lbs is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old.

A way to help alleviate this may be to get whatever you are reading up to a position that is about 10 degrees to 20 degrees below horizontal with your eyes. That way, your head can remain straight up while your eyes are looking down slightly. This is deemed to be the most comfortable posture for both your head and your eyes.

This does not just apply to texting.  Have a look at your desk.  Is the screen lower than 20 degrees from horizontal?

If your ears are not in a vertical line with your shoulders then you are putting strain on your neck.

Humans are not designed to remain in one place. On average, British people sit for 8.9 hours each day. Sitting puts you at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, increases weight, makes you lethargic and less productive.  A change in posture is important every 20-40 minutes or so.  If you are sitting, stand.  If you are standing, sit.  For the past six months I have been using a Sit-Stand Desk and have noticed an improved difference in concentration, alertness and weight loss.

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