I know what it’s like to work long hours, get into a groove, and not realize that I’ve been working in the same position for an extended period of time. Before I know it my back would be aching, my neck would be tired, and I'd have a headache. Yuk! Can you relate?
I read this quote recently by Katy Bowman. I loved it so much that I needed to share it with you. "You can still be moving while sitting or standing... Movement means changing position." - Katy Bowman
Isn't that an awesome way to think about movement? Have you ever wondered how you can add more variety to your everyday movements? I believe that it is critical to create extra variety in the movements you do every day to maintain the health of your hands. So rather than eliminating any movement entirely or completely replacing one with another, try alternating between tasks a few extra times throughout the day. Taking time to switch tasks might sound inefficient, but think about how inefficient it would be if you were out of work for a month or so because of a repetitive strain injury.
If you sit for the majority of the day, you can add some variety by alternating between sitting and standing. It’s not that standing is better than sitting, it’s just important to give your joints and muscles a break from staying in any one position for too long. Rather than spending your whole day repeating one task, such as sawing, painting, or throwing, use a timer to remind yourself to alternate regularly.
Get up walk around your space. Your body will thank you!