Three Healthy Living Habits Remote Workers Should Be Implementing
Here at The Yeomen we believe that healthy employees are happy employees. As a team, we do a lot to promote healthy living habits even though we are all thousands of miles apart.
Yep, we all work remotely. A huge benefit to telecommuting is the freedom to make healthy living choices like scheduling longer breaks to go for walks or choosing to stock healthier snacks. Our work, however, requires us to be in front of computer screens all day.
One of many ways we promote healthy lifestyle habits is through our internal blog. Once a week we publish a post that dives into healthy lifestyle research. It’s important as a telecommuter to create healthy habits and a healthy work environment as it can be easy to fall into an inactive, unhealthy lifestyle. We’ve been talking about remote working culture on our blog so we decided, why keep this information internal?
Our team has written dozens of great articles on healthy lifestyle habits so we’ve compiled some excerpts into one post with many, many tips for remote workers like us.
The Key To Sitting Successfully: Stand Up
Did you know that a great deal of carpal tunnel issues stem not solely from improper wrist position, but from forward rotation of your shoulder? The forward rotation of your shoulder is directly connected to the position of your lower back, and pelvis. As your shoulder changes position, all of the muscles and nerves below your shoulder are adversely affected.
A basic remedy is to simply get up as often as you can. Other strategies include changing your position often and “reorganizing” your torso (check out Realigning Your Body in Five Easy Steps for instructions). These can address a lot of potential physical problems and help keep you properly aligned.
NPR has an interesting article on why Americans have back problems as opposed to other cultures. Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures Don’t Have Back Pain.
Staying productive through healthy eating
We’ve all been there, just returning from a relaxing vacation or from a fun weekend with very little rest the morning we return to work. You start with the best intentions but getting through mid-morning (or even just glimpsing at your to do list first thing) you realize you just can’t do without a little extra push.
Usually that extra push is a”high octane” caffeinated drink or worse some synthetic “highly futuristic” (in the sense of not resembling anything existing in nature) energy drink. If you’ve worked in a tech company at any point of your life, you probably know that among the positive ideas introduced by this innovative industry, there is also a tendency to fuel and let workers cultivate a passion for unhealthy snacks.
Being in this business we know snacking is a habit we have to accept. It doesn’t have to be a cross or a vice! There are plenty of great healthy alternatives to get you through the day: Fresh fruit, Granola bars, Snack packs of nuts, yogurt, etc.
Here are a couple of articles that list high energy, healthy snack options.
And then there’s coffee. Here’s an interesting study on coffee consumption done by the EU: A Cup Of Coffee Is Healthy, But 4 Isn’t: EU Guidelines Suggest New Limit To Daily Intake.
I’m Beginning to See the Light!
Nope, not a blog post on enlightenment, a blog post about Eyestrain. Medically known as Computer vision syndrome or CVS comes from a combination of your monitor’s bright backlight, glare and staring at a screen for extended periods of time. The symptoms of Eyestrain include burning eyes, aching neck, blurry vision, or a throbbing headache.
“Research shows computer eye problems are common. Somewhere between 50% and
90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye
trouble.” – Five Surefire Ways to Reduce Computer Eyestrain.
Eyestrain is a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel that gets worse the longer you continue the activity. How do you prevent it? Here are a few ways:
- 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, find an object about 20 feet away, and stare at it for 20 seconds.
- Use Advanced Lighting configurations in your workspace.
- Adjust the position of your monitor to be 20-30 inches away from your eyes.
“Humans were made to be hunters, gatherers, and thinkers, not desk jockeys.” – pcworld.com
Take the research and tips and use them to improve your productivity and lifestyle. Simone, who writes most of these articles, has implemented many of these tips in his daily life. The way he sits, the way he works on the keyboard, the lighting he uses, and the snacks he stocks up on are just a few adjustments he’s made.
Here at The Yeomen we seek to debunk the myths of remote working. You can be productive, and you don’t have feel isolated. You have more control on what you can and can’t do and the freedom of making better choices.