Work Wellness is launching Services for Small Business. Services tailored for small business owners so they can reap the benefits for themselves and their teams without the big business cost. Check out our power hour sessions designed to give you health and wellness education at a per person price. Join us at lunch, or just after work for an hour of helpful, fun education. Network with other small business owners and team members. The first of our series is being held in Kingston with more cities to follow. Check it out at Power Hour.
Ignored and taken for granted our feet work hard for us everyday. In the world of work between 1/3 – 1/2 of all workers spend more than 4 hours a day on their feet, making foot ergonomics a critical concern. In particular people working in retail and food services, in health care, in industrial settings, at casinos, and as mail carriers spend the most time standing and walking.
The first sign of a foot problem is usually fatigue and discomfort in the legs and feet. But it can rapidly become serious leading to low back pain, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, varicose veins, and an increased chance of arthritis in the knees and hips.
So how can you keep your feet happy? You can start by not overworking your feet (taking sitting breaks), wear comfortable shoes (1/4" heel) and insoles, address health issues, and maintain a healthy weight. At work have the job and work environment evaluated for foot safety and comfort so you know where and how you stand.
Cool It Down to Sleep
We may like some things to be hot in the bedroom, but the temperature shouldn't be one of them! Keep the your bedroom cool at night to ensure you get your needed 7-8 hours. Approximately 18 degrees Celcius is optimal.
Rock and Read
The body is meant to move, so sitting still all day can cause a lot of discomfort. Become a rocking reader. Most office chair have a back rest tilt lever. Loosen the leaver and rock while you read documents or emails. It improves circulation and is just plain fun.
Become a Walker So You Don't Need to Use One
Regular exercise can be as simple as taking a walk everyday. 150 minutes per week is the minimum recommendation to maintain health. Walking improves cardiovascular health, bone health and mental health. Get some comfy shoes and put one foot in front of the other. Vary the terrain and add some stairs or hills to keep it interesting.