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Safety tip of the week:

Safety tip of the week:

Try active sitting or standing to improve health

We were born to move, so how can you help your body while you are sitting at work?  You can practice active sitting.

Conventional chairs provide passive support while the chair does all the work.  This type of inactivity can lead to future health problems.  So, what is active sitting?

There are ways to break up some of that passive sitting with chairs that cause you to do a little work at your desk.  You may have seen the two -bench version where your knees rest on one bench and you sit on the other bench.  There is a stationary version and a rocking version.  These will make you sit straighter and allow your body do more of the work to sit.

Another type of chair reminds me of a single-legged stool.  It has a flat base with the ability to bend and is adjustable for height. You can rock some while you sit and get some exercise, too.  Active sitting gives you a chance. They also say that active sitting burns more calories.

There are other ways to make daily sitting more active. Trying standing when you take phone calls.  Another option is to switch to a desk that raises and lowers.  That way you can spend part of your day standing and the other part sitting.  Anything you can do to not be sitting at the office all day will help with your overall energy throughout the day and is healthier for you.

WRA employs Rick Means as a Safety Specialist who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 18 or rick.means@retailassociationservices.com.

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