October 31, 2005
Do you feel computer fatigue after a work day? For the tiny muscles that control your eyes as you view the screen and the big muscles that support your back as you sit, your body needs regular breaks from extended computer work. You need good lighting (no glare, good contrast), a chair that allows for good posture and a computer positioned for comfort, too.
*Take short, frequent breaks. (Net surfing isn't a break!)
*For your eyes: Blink frequently. Close your eyes occasionally for a few moments. Every 15 minutes or so, look away from the computer screen at a distant object.
*For your hands and arms: Take a minute to use different muscles. Stretch. Stand up and take a few deep breaths.
*For your whole body: Get up from your workstation and move for at least five minutes every 60 minutes. During your midday break, take a brisk walk -- 15 minutes or more to promote your overall fitness.
Source: 365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association (Wiley 2004), Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS
Posted by Lisa at October 31, 2005 3:46 PM
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