Keeping moving is one of the most important things you can do for your health and wellness. Which is why at Holland & Barrett, we put all our experience and expertise into helping everyone have the strength and flexibility they need to move freely and without pain. The key to all of which is healthy joints, bones & muscles.
Thanks to the pandemic, a lot of office workers have shifted to home-based working for the majority of the week. And while this can offer great positives, like not having to commute and having a bit more flexibility, it might be having an impact on your body, potentially causing joint pain and stiffness. Here, we’ll highlight five different things you need to know about working from home and the different ways it can affect your body.
First up, is the aching. While office days can be tiring, usually your set up is designed to keep any unwanted aches and pains at bay. Whereas at home, we don’t necessarily have the access or money to the same level of safety. So you might be achy even if you’re in your early twenties, it’s not just something that affects older folks!
This is why it’s super important to assess your workstation, as this can have a huge impact on your posture. Great Britain’s regulator of workplace health and safety shared the following tips in their guide to working with display screen equipment:1
Top tip: Since you don’t have to commute anymore, why not take yourself on a walk before opening your laptop in the morning and just after closing it in the evening? It’s a surefire way to get more steps in!
There’s no shame in feeling creaky in your joints, no matter what age you are! Working from home is new to a lot of us, so we’re still figuring out how to make it work it in the best way for our bodies. Looking for more? We’ve got loads of guidance on looking after your joints, bones and muscles right here on the Health Hub.