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Do You Have Time For That?

Do you have time for that?
 
We often focus on the “what” and “where” when it comes to ergonomics – the right postures, the optimal workspace setups – but today, we wanted to talk about the often underestimated “how long.” We’re talking about the intricate correlation between time and ergonomics.
 
In our fast-paced world, where technology has seamlessly integrated into every facet of our lives, we find ourselves spending extended periods engaged in various activities – be it working, gaming, studying, or even socialising. The sedentary nature of these activities, coupled with the relentless ticking of the clock, has significant implications for our overall well-being. That’s where the concept of “time ergonomics” comes into play.
 
Duration Matters: Think about it – getting an “ergonomically” designed chair, which is a good fit for us and takes into consideration the environment has it’s benefits. However, if we spend hours upon hours in that same position without movement, it can still lead to discomfort and potential health issues. Regular breaks and movement are integral to maintaining good posture and overall well-being.
 
Balancing Act: Whether you’re working from home, at the office, or indulging in leisure activities, finding the right balance between being engaged and taking breaks is paramount. The “Pomodoro Technique” and similar strategies highlight the significance of brief, frequent breaks to recharge and reset.
 
Adapting Over Time: Our bodies are dynamic entities that change over time. Ergonomics isn’t a one-time setup; it’s a continuous journey. As our tasks and habits evolve, so should our ‘ergonomic’ considerations. This involves reassessing our workstations, furniture, and habits periodically to ensure they align with our current needs.
 
A Holistic Approach: Just as ergonomics takes a holistic approach to design, addressing the time factor also calls for a comprehensive perspective. Integrating physical activity, stretching, and mindful practices into our daily routines can significantly contribute to our overall comfort and well-being.
 
In a world that values productivity and efficiency, it’s crucial not to neglect the impact of time on our well-being. At Inspired Ergonomics, we encourage everyone to consider the “how long” alongside the “what” and “where”.
 
Explore our website at www.inspiredergonomics.com to discover more about our ergonomic solutions and insights!
 
Now, it’s time to put the kettle on….

Nichola Adams

Founder of Inspired Ergonomics

Nichola Adams, MSc Health Ergonomics, Tech CIEHF, ACPOHE Reg Member, is the Founder of Inspired Ergonomics.

Nichola is a specialist in back pain disorders in the workplace. Inspired Ergonomics regularly provides consultancy services to leading UK and International companies on how to reduce and prevent back pain in the workplace as well as working with rehabilitation companies.

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