How to Prevent Your Desk Job From Killing You

An animated short film highlights the importance of good posture in the workplace.

Think your desk job is pretty comfy? Well, think again. Turns out every hour you spend in your cushy chair may in fact be reducing your lifespan. Over the past few years, studies have shown that people who spend more than eight hours a day sitting are likely to have “wild swings in metabolism” and an increased chance of heart disease.

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The team at animation studio Flikli decided to fight this trend with an animated PSA on the issue. Beginning with a brief history of humanity’s sedentary lifestyle, the film illustrates a few ways to be healthier at work. From using a standing desk or yoga ball to taking breaks to stretch, every effort helps, they say.

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3 Ways To Keep Computer Screens From Ruining Your Eyes

Three experts offer tips to help you overcome a nagging issue: “I stare at screens — TVs, computers, phones — all day, and it’s killing my eyes. Help!”

1. Use the 20-20-20 Rule
We blink up to two-thirds less often per minute when looking at a screen, which can dry out our eyes, causing irritation. To help maintain a healthy level of moisture and reduce eyestrain, get in the habit of looking at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
— Mark Rosenfield, PhD, professor of clinical education at the State University of New York College of Optometry

2. Find Your Type
Times New Roman may be your default font, but onscreen its curvy design with tiny tails on the ends of letters, called serifs, may slow word recognition and force you to stare harder and longer, contributing to eye fatigue. Fonts like Arial and Verdana, which have more space between letters, can make words appear crisper and easier to read from farther away, taxing your vision less.
— James Sheedy, PhD, director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University College of Optometry

3. Clean Your Screens
Anytime we view an image up close, our eyes have to cross inward to bring it into focus. When screens are covered with fingerprint smudges, dust, and dirt, focusing becomes even more difficult and, over time, can strain eyes and lead to chronic headaches. Wipe your most-used screens daily with a microfiber cloth to get rid of grime.

 

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