In the jewelry manufacturing industry, sitting can be a staple. All the precise, meticulous, and detailed work that jewelry professionals complete takes a lot of concentration, but being relaxed and comfortable also plays an important role in making that perfect piece of jewelry. So how do you balance the two? You can do strength building exercises and stretches right at your desk! I know, I know, you do not want to look like a spastic ninja in front of your coworkers. Luckily for everyone, there are many different simple exercises that you can complete incognito at your desk, even though it would be more fun for your coworkers if you did not hide them!
“As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.” says Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book. Also of concern are repetitive motion injuries, which are temporary or permanent injuries to muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons caused by doing the same motion over and over again. A common repetitive motion injury is carpal tunnel syndrome. This disorder occurs when the median nerve, which travels from the forearm to the hand through a “tunnel” in the wrist, is compressed by swollen, inflamed ligaments and tendons. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of absence from work. Exercising and stretching your muscles throughout the work day can help to prevent repetitive motion injuries and loosen up your body, so that you feel more relaxed and comfortable. It also burns some extra calories! So here’s what you can do:
Do you have any other strength exercises? Share in the comments section below.