Tip #1 Lower the high heels. If your place of employment doesn’t include a fashion runway, chances are you can live without high heels. Experts say a three-inch heel stresses your foot 7 times more than a one-inch heel. Also, heels put extra stress on your knees and may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.
However, that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy the latest style in flat sole shoes. These shoes are just as injurious for your feet, legs and back due to the lack of support. In order to prevent this, we should look for shoes that have a heel and a sole that absorbs some of the impact of stepping on hard surfaces. I know what your thinking, ” I refuse to were athletic shoes with my new sundress to work!” Not to worry, there are many good quality, stylish shoes on the market that are targeted for working women who are fashion conscious.
Go for function more than fashion. Shoes shouldn’t just look good, they should work well, too. Look for flexible, supportive shoes that are squared or rounded at the toe so your toes can move around. A shoe with a rubber sole will give you more cushion. Make sure your shoe is flexible at the ball of your foot, where you push off. The next time you shop for shoes be aware of the *support (see note) in the shoe as well as the style, your body will thank you for your careful consideration later in life.
Tip #2 Sit and stand. Neither sitting nor standing on your feet all day is good for you. When possible, alternate between the two to prevent locking yourself in one position. If your job primarily involves sitting, take a break and stand up every 25 minutes or so. If your in the habit of holding the same position until pain or numbness reminds you to shift position (I am guilty of this), try setting the alarm on your cell phone to vibrate every 25 minutes as a subtle reminder until you get into the new habit. You will notice after a short time that your concentration and stamina will improve, an added bonus!
Tip #3 Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing. Adjust your chair or add a pillow under you to aid in achieving the right height.
Tip #4 Give your wrists a rest. Purchase a wrist rest for your computer or make your own with two strips of bubble-wrap packing material taped together. Make the bottom strip wider than the top strip and tape the excess width to the bottom of the keyboard so the wrist rest extends outward.
Being aware in the work place of the things we do repeatedly will go a long way towards better health, concentration and productivity. Thus, allowing a more fit and active lifestyle outside of work, and providing a better quality of life for many years to come.
I hope these tips have been helpful and informative.
*Note: Foot orthotics can also be inserted into the shoe to aid in correcting the lack of support in flat soled shoes. Simply Google “Foot Orthotics” converse indonesia original to find excellent inserts for about $100.00. If this is too expensive, your local pharmacy usually carries a less expensive alternative. Something is better than nothing, remember, your feet are worth it!
Wishing You a Healthy Today & Tomorrow, Jodi Labonte
Jodi Labonte is a joint pain relief coach. Jodi’s husband, Steven, has suffered from joint pain and stiffness for many years so together they searched for different ways to reduce and even eliminate the pain.