Prompts to help you stretch
Work Safe SA Have released a desk-top card that can be displayed on your desk or printed as a poster for your wall. This serves as a reminder to regularly stretch. Owning my own business and spending long house at the computer I have been a culprit for not stretching, not because I don't want to but because I get so caught up in my work. So a prompt like this is fabulous, if you can put in near your computer work station in a location visible to you while you work its a great trick. While its good to get up and walk around these stretches are designed for you to do at your workstation, which means that you can get them done quickly and get back to it!
Another other good tip is to consider using your computer calendar reminders every 1-2 hours to pop-up (audible and visual) and remind you to stretch, especially on those days where you know you are going to have your head glued to the computer screen. Some workplaces have started dedicated stretching sessions, run by stretching champions (persons trained by the company to lead stretching sessions) which combine both static (stationary) and dynamic (movement) stretches at pre-determined intervals i.e. start of shift, mid morning etc. Additionally some companies have put stretching pictures on screen savers for computers, the only problem is these generally only appear when your computer has been left for a while, but they are still a good reminder.
What does your workplace do to encourage stretching?
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