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What NOT to Do: Part 5


What Not to Wear

Have you ever seen What Not to Wear with Stacy London and Clinton Kelly? It's a reality show in which some unsuspecting person is singled out by friends and/or family for her fashion faux pas. It may be that she is unaware of her body type and wears clothes that just don't fit. Or it may be that her wardrobe and hair style reflect her glory days in 1985. Or it may be a total lack of awareness of self and the need to dress the part for her career. Whichever problem she's having, Stacy and Clinton step in to teach her what not to wear, and more importantly, what to wear. From the top of her head to the tips of her toes, each woman is shown what works best for her specific body type, coloring, and face shape and is given a list to keep on her person when shopping. What I love about the show is that they work with what she's got- there's no pressure to lose weight or or get a face lift. Rather, they focus on her existing assets an how to best maximize them and developing better shopping habits that will last (meaning, beyond the show!).

Welcome to Ergonomics: What Not to Do

Similarly, I am here to help you make and maintain better ergonomic choices. It may be that you know better and just keep making poor ergonomic choices, or it may be total ignorance that the choices you're making at work affect you at all. Either way, it's my job to walk you through some important ergonomic principles that I hope you will take with you as you go to work today (and tomorrow).

Today's Lesson: Flexibility in How You Work

One of the easiest assumptions to make at work is that you have to sit at a desk. I imagine it's because you arrive on the first day and see a desk and chair, so it's rather logical to sit down and work. However, variety is the spice of life, so here are some tips for being flexible in how you work.

  • Try standing at work. It's a crazy, new-fangled idea, but more and more folks are using adjustable height desks so that they have the option to sit or stand at work. For some, it's a matter of preference- they just work better standing. For others, standing feels better for their backs, necks, and shoulders. For yet others, it's a practical issue- collaborating with others is just easier when someone's not hovering over your shoulder (who liked it when someone reads over their shoulder?).
  • Try using a keyboard tray. A keyboard tray offers the same flexibility, but in conjunction with your existing desk.
  • Take breaks. It's important to take regular breaks to stretch all your muscles. Your eyes get tired, too, so take time to blink to rehydrate them. To avoid eye strain, try to switch back and forth between computer and other types of work. That way you're not staring at a screen for hours on end.

By changing your position and taking breaks, you allow your body the much-needed opportunity to stretch and rest, resulting in less work-related stress and injuries.

Making the Most of Your Work Day

Tips for Maximizing ProductivityTime is of the essence, so I won't bore you with a clever introduction, I'll just cut to the chase- how about some tips for being more productive every day?Try a sound machine -- If you're bothered by office noise, a simple sound machine can help you regain that lost time. [...]

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Tips to Relieve Shoulder and Neck Pain

Do your shoulders and neck ache after a long day of work? Many people experience muscle tension and soreness from long hours hunched over a desk or computer. The most common cause of pain in the work place is poor posture. We slouch, raise our shoulders, or simply contort our bodies into strange positions without being aware of the [...]

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Tips for Preventing RSI

What is RSI?Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)is an injury to the muscles and nerves caused by repetitive tasks, heavy exertion and awkward body positions. It is frequently associated with the repetition of typing, playing a musical instrument or working with tools. RSI is frequently caused by overuse of muscles and habits of poor posture.The first symptom of RSI is pain. [...]

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Typing with Healthy Habits

Do you spend hours at a computer using a keyboard or mouse? Check out these simple typing rules to see how well you follow safety rules for typing. These are some great reminders on the important habits for staying healthy and pain free while tying. Optimize the position of your keyboard and mouse. You keyboard should be resting just [...]

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New Habits for Health and Energy

Do you find yourself feeling tired and worn out at the end of a work day? Now is the perfect time to set some goals to establish new, healthy habits that can help you feel better. These simple changes can increase your energy and decrease the tension and pain in your muscles.1. Exercise! Take a break from your [...]

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Tips to Increase Your Productivity

Tips to Increased ProductivityIf you are like me, you are always pleased to find easy ideas to maximize your day, so you can finish your work on time and enjoy the remainder of your day however you want! Here are some great tips that I have found helpful to increase my productivity and efficiency so I can maximize [...]

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Tips to Lower Your Stress at Work!

At the end of the work day, we often find ourselves suffering from headaches, back pain and other stress-induced discomforts. We all experience stress for different reasons and process it in just as diverse ways. Some job stress we cannot directly control, but many of the little things that add to it can be improved by looking at our [...]

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Getting Rid of Clutter

30-Day ShredA few friends of mine and I have been working out to the 30 Day Shred DVD, courtesy of Jillian Michaels. A killer work out for any type of exerciser, this particular video crams a big punch in a little time. While there are ways to modify many of the moves, the [...]

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30-Minute Shred: Setting Up Your Desktop

30-Day ShredA few friends of mine and I have been working out to the 30 Day Shred DVD, courtesy of Jillian Michaels. A killer work out for any type of exerciser, this particular video crams a big punch in a little time. While there are ways to modify many of the moves, the [...]

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