With hybrid and remote work in its glory days, more and more of us are sitting, well, more and more. And that sitting is literally killing us - people who sit more than 3 1/2 hours per day are 64% more likely to die of heart disease.
With all that sitting, its no wonder we are facing increases in Musculoskeletal Disorders. Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis, Muscle and Ligament Strain are just a few.
On top, stretching has shown greater benefits than ergonomics alone. Here’s our top 3 benefits:
Unless you’re a runway model, you probably need a reminder to walk and sit up straight. With gravity pulling down on our spines and neck, it's no wonder that a lot of us are experiencing “tech neck” (hey our heads weigh 10 lbs!)
Here’s some tips from the Cleveland Clinic
Just like walking or drinking more water, a good stretch increases blood supply and nutrients to your muscles, reducing fatigue and letting you crush out your afternoon’s work product. Theresa Slack, author of Occupational Ergonomics: A Practical Approach recommends 5 minutes of stretching for every 55 minutes of work.
A good stretch warms up your muscles, getting them ready to take on the next job. When sitting (or even standing) all day, your muscles aren’t ready to take on even a simple task. According to PTHealth:
When you incorporate stretching into your workday, you can greatly reduce the risk of soft tissue injuries and joint pain.
Every time you complete a water break (any other activity) on Cuely, you will be giving a person somewhere in this world a week of clean water access.
Spending too many hours staring at screens is seriously impacting our eyes.