Working From Home: How Sitting Is Affecting Your Health

by Nadine Staaf

in Working From Home

working from homeWorking from home brings with it a challenge that even people working in a regular office would experience: too much sitting. Although, working from home can also be a relief for people who do it correctly. Read ahead to learn about how working from home can actually help you live a healthier, more balanced life, beginning with the art of sitting and breaking properly.

Sitting Too Much: Health Implications

Usually the human body will be a flashing light that signals when its time to take a break, but people often ignore the signs so that they can continue working. The body can start to feel cold/burning due to lack of circulation. In addition, a person might feel a lack of stamina, shortness of breath, low energy, or numbness of the extremities. Furthermore, lack of circulation can assist in causing several health challenges including the following: diabetes; arthritis, heart disease, and high cholesterol.

The Best Way To Sit: Working From Home

People ignore the warning signs for a number of reasons, although working from home can help a person to better listen to their bodies, without the shame of needing to take frequent breaks (no one else there to make them feel bad for taking a break, for example). Solutions to sitting-related problems are two-fold. One: people need to take more breaks from sitting. Two: people need to be sitting in healthy ways- like sitting with proper posture, and sitting on the best things while working. This is the seat cushion we sit on, and we notice the magnetic support and additional comfort while we’re working.

Taking Breaks: It’s About More Than Coffee

taking a break when working from homeWho invented the “coffee break” anyway? Our bodies are not meant to take a break only when the boss says it’s okay to take a break. Who knows your body best? Listen to the body- take more than just coffee and lunch breaks. If you work at an office and this means working something out with the boss, then have that conversation. Many managers and bosses would be flexible if they could first understand the health implications associated with sitting for long hours in a chair. If you work from home, create your schedule to reflect your dedication to your own health. Take a few walks throughout the day, and breaks to just move around.

A good friend of ours, Matthew Ashdown, wrote an informative article called “5 Ways to Make Your Business Environment Safer For You.” Here is the link to Matthew’s blog post on workplace wellness. Enjoy, and be sure to comment on it if you find it of value. I know he would appreciate it.

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To Your Health and Wellness!

Working From Home: How Sitting Is Affecting Your Health

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Nadine Staaf is a Nikken Wellness Consultant serving USA and Canada with Nikken Products and a business opportunity in total wellness. See Nadine's full story Nadine Staaf's Nikken Story

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The Practical Social Media University January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for Sharing! Have a great Bloggy Wednesday!

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Nadine March 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thank you, Steve!

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Melvin Staaf March 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I have worked from my home for 37 years with an exception of two years in a retail store. I operated as a home based business before it became mainstream in the last decade. The benefits are as follows:
NO RUSH HOUR AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE DAY
CAN SLEEP MORE IF NEEDED
EAT WHEN YOUR BODY NEEDS FOOD
GO FOR WALKS OUT IN THE FRESH AIR IF DESIRED
WORK ALONG SIDE MY CAT WHO SHOWS ME HOW TO RELAX AND DE-STRESS :)
MEET WITH CUSTOMERS ON A PERSONAL LEVEL AS WELL AS BUSINESS
MAKE DELIVERIES, APPOINTMENTS, BANKING, ETC. AT NON RUSH HOUR TIMES
WORK LATE INTO THE NIGHT WHEN NEEDED TO KEEP CAUGHT UP
HAVE ALL THE OFFICE EQUIPMENT, COMPUTERS, ETC. FOR PERSONAL USE IF NEEDED
WORKING FROM HOME IS A LIFESTYLE AS WELL AS A BUSINESS

The downside of working from home are as follows:
NEED TO BE STRONGLY SELF MOTIVATED TO KEEP THE BUSINESS GOING
NOT AS GOOD VISIBILITY TO NEW POTENTIAL CLIENTS
SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO RELAX AS WORK IS ALWAYS AROUND YOU
NEW CUSTOMERS HAVE TO BE SHOWN THE QUALITY OF WORK AND CONVINCED MORE THAT THE JOB WILL BE DONE ON TIME, ETC.

There are not that many down sides to working from home as we now are recognized by search engines, website design, and reputation. I would strongly suggest that the lower cost of operating from home along with the other benefits mentioned above outweighs trying to run a business from a store front.

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Nadine March 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thank you so much for your in-depth comment, Melvin! You make a lot of really good points about how working from home can truly have more advantages than disadvantages. I believe that a balanced life can better be achieved through working at home. Although, it definitely depends upon the individual person’s perspective, and how much they enjoy the work that they’re doing. Cheers, and thanks again for your comment!

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