One of our most popular blog entries to date is “Dim Light and Other Hazards,” a discussion of some of the effects of sitting in front of a computer all day. At the beginning of the semester, before there is a lot of grading to do and emails to answer, it is really quite easy to remember to step away from the computer for a moment to stretch and rest my eyes. Now that the first BLS session is in its second half and assignments are in need of grading, it is more difficult for me to remain disciplined when it comes to taking breaks. I’m guessing that others are finding themselves glued to their computer monitors just like me.
Here’s a quick guide from Health.com about back, shoulder, and core health. While its focus is on “great posture as you age,” I think the tips are applicable to anyone who works in front of a computer all day. This is important for many of our BLS students who work in front of a computer all day, only to come home at night and work on a computer to complete course assignments.
Is it time for you to stretch?