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Do You Treat Your Body Like Your Car?

Today’s post might be a a wake-up call to some people.

The way we treat our bodies at work is often shocking!

So many people are quick to pamper their prized possessions, be it a vintage record collection, a cherished car, or a beloved piece of artwork.

They go to great lengths to preserve their beauty and longevity. But what about the one thing that accompanies us every single day, every moment of our lives? Our bodies.

We’re passionate about ergonomics and the importance of treating ourselves with care and respect. Maybe it is time we think about our bodies a bit more like some of the other things we treat as precious.

The Record Collector’s Wisdom

Many people collect vinyl records and take pride in keeping them pristine. They handle them with care, avoiding scratches and ensuring the needle glides smoothly. Why? Because they understand that by doing so, they can enjoy their music for years to come. It’s a deliberate effort to prevent wear and tear.

Now, think about how we treat our wrists when typing for hours on end or how we hunch over our desks, straining our backs. These daily habits contribute to the wear and tear of our bodies, much like mishandling a record would.

Shouldn’t we apply the same care and consideration to our physical well-being?

The Car Enthusiast

Another example. Every weekend, you meticulously clean and maintain your car, ensuring it runs smoothly and looks its best. You understand that regular maintenance prevents costly breakdowns and keeps your investment in top condition.

Yet, when it comes to your body, you too often push it to the limit.

Over-extending yourself at work, ignoring warning signs of discomfort, and only seeking help when things have already gone wrong. Why not adopt the same approach and invest in regular “maintenance” through proper ergonomic advice and self-care?

You can start the change. Invest in good ergonomic assessments which will give you the advice you need to set up your workspace correctly. Your body will thank you!

Just as you wouldn’t drive your car for hours without stopping, don’t sit or stand in one position for too long. Take regular breaks to stretch and move.

Listen to your body. When your body sends you signals of discomfort or pain, don’t ignore them. Address the issues promptly.

Incorporate exercise, healthy eating, and relaxation into your routine. Think of it as regular “maintenance”.

Seek professional guidance: if you’re unsure about what you need to work comfortably, consult with a specialist. We can help you!

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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