Safety tip of the week

Nov 13, 2019
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Written by Washington Retail
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Learn to practice active sitting

We were born to move, so how can you help your body while you are sitting? You can help by learning about active sitting. Conventional chairs provide passive support while the chair does all the work. This type of inactivity can lead to future health problems.

Active sitting breaks up some of that passive sitting with chairs that cause you to do a little work while you’re seated. 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 chairs will make you sit straighter and make your body do work to sit.

Another type of chair is like a single-legged stool. It has a flat base with the ability to bend and is adjustable in height. You can rock some while you sit and get some exercise, too.

If you don’t want such a chair, there are other ways to make daily sitting more active. Stand up when you take phone calls. Switch to a standing desk. 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 is healthier for you.

RS SafetyTV has a good video here.

WR 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. 118 or rmeans@waretailservices.com