Many of us spend eight plus hours per day in our work space. After a long stint at the keyboard or drafting table, sitting can start to take a toll on the body. It isn’t uncommon to experience aches and pains in spots like your back, shoulders and neck. Although it may be necessary to spend a lot of time sitting at your job, there are ways to make your personal space more comfortable.
Here are several products that can make the long work days a little easier on you, physically and mentally.
One thing that can certainly be disturbing—and even unhealthy at times—is air quality indoors. Especially in a place of employment where there might be tens or even hundreds of people, the air can begin to get stale.
This is why it’s a good idea to get an air purifier. These things can filter out a lot of allergens, smoke, viruses and even some chemicals in the air that may result from paint or building materials. They quietly and efficiently clean the area around where you work so that you can be sure you’re getting clean oxygen, no matter how big or small your working area is.
Sometimes comfort has more to do with mental health than your physical well-being, or it can be just as important, anyhow. Think about how you feel when the spot where you toil is filled with clutter and disorganization; it can certainly make you feel chaotic inside, as well.
Organizing carts are the perfect solution. They often contain two or three shelves that let you corral wayward items and give belongings a designated spot. Many of these commodities are height adjustable and have rolling castors in case you want to use them elsewhere for a presentation. Surge protectors are included a lot of the time, and you can typically store at least 75 pounds worth of objects atop the sturdy steel construction.
There is nothing more annoying than having your chair constantly get stuck on the carpet and other items while you are trying to work. Especially when you have a rolling seat, things can get in the way, making it hard for you to seamlessly move between work areas without interruption.
A chair mat can really help with this, and it may also add some pizzazz to an otherwise humdrum space. Bamboo mats, for instance, are smooth, non-slip and can be had in natural and dark cherry finishes. They are also eco-friendly because they are responsibly harvested, and they are made from a species of bamboo that is not included in the panda bear’s diet.
Physical comfort has a lot to do with ergonomics. If your body isn’t aligned properly or if you aren’t able to switch positions frequently it inevitably leads to aches and pains. Having a good footrest in your cubicle can assist with this. These items can have wheels on them so you can take them wherever the day leads. The nicer ones can also contain foam and mesh to cradle your feet and ankles at a cozy height.
Step stools don’t just have to do with comfort; they also relate to safety. If you work in a place with higher ceilings, chances are that you may need to retrieve something from aloft on occasion. Having a quality stool will allow you to safely reach items that are high up. Some can even support up to 500 pounds and are non-slip, so you can be sure that they’re durable.
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Ergonomic leg rests are one of the newest innovations to further help provide people with a more comfortable work environment and are quickly making their way into offices all around the world. With its simplistic design, the leg rest was designed for workers with medical conditions that require them to need to elevate one or both legs throughout the day. Many spend the majority of their work day sitting in an office chair, which makes it beneficial to those without medical injuries as well that just want a place to rest their leg/s throughout the day. A leg rest allows you to further take care of your body and needs while working by providing additional support in the legs, a part of the body that is often forgotten about in other ergonomic products that are offered. Owning a leg rest is beneficial for a number of reasons including increased health benefits, ease of use and support.
Many medical conditions alter or affect the way in which we work, and in order to keep comfortable while working throughout the day, sometimes this calls for investing in products that can help us achieve comfort. There are many health conditions that can benefit from owning a leg rest including those with a knee injury, bunion removal, back pain, varicose veins, edema, heavy leg syndrome, neuromuscular disorders, trauma, pregnancy, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or even because of side effects of certain medicines. Elevating your legs provides comfortable support to the entire leg and increases circulation in the lower extremities. Working in a semi reclined position or with your feet elevated transfers your weight difference, decreases fatigue and increases the ease of blood flow throughout your body. All of this leads to increased comfort and therefor increased productivity while working. Eliminating any pain while working leads to a clearer thought process and the ability to focus on the task needing to be performed, rather than what is causing you discomfort.
Unlike an ergonomic chair that comes with multiple adjustments that can sometimes take time to figure out exactly how lever functions, a leg rest is simplistic in design and very easy to use. Some come with a five-star base, which can be found on an office chair, and have the option for either rolling casters or stationary glides. Other versions come mounted on a base with two wheels on either side to provide balance. The important feature to look for on an ergonomic leg rest is the ability to adjust the height. Height adjustment is needed to match the needs of your body as some of us are built taller while others are shorter; not everyone can conform to one set height. It is recommended the height is set so that the knee is comfortable and does not raise your leg off the seat of the chair. Always follow your doctor or physical therapists recommendations for posture support first. Another part of the design is the shape of the cushion where your feet will be resting. The two most common choices are a flat surface or a curved leg rest. A curved surface allows for one leg to essentially be cradled whereas a flat surface can be used for both legs if needed.
While using a conventional office ottoman or a simple stack of books can work to temporarily elevate your legs, it may lead to increased strain or injury to other parts of the body. This where an ergonomic leg rest comes in, providing elevation of the legs and feet. Resting your feet on a stack of books or an ottoman that can not be properly adjusted may work to temporarily elevate an injured foot, but will not work for knee injuries. In fact, long-term elevation using this method can lead to knee injuries, as the knee becomes hyper extended without proper support. An ottoman that rolls or can be easily moved may also compromise ergonomic positioning by having to constantly readjust your leg position.
Whether you are looking for a comfortable way to elevate your feet while working or suffer from a medical condition, an ergonomic leg rest is beneficial for just about anyone. When looking to purchase a leg rest, the most convenient and easiest choice is to purchase from an online retailer that sells ergonomic product. Because of their simplicity, it is easy to determine just by looking online if the leg rest will work for you. As aforementioned, be certain that the leg rest can be adjusted in height and can be made stationary(unless casters are needed for a particular reason). Leg rests can run between $100-$300 depending on how advanced you will need it to be, but overall it is a worthwhile investment that will bring you comfort for years to come.
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The Webble Active Footrest is the newest way to relieve your legs and feet while sitting and working for extended periods of time. A new way to make your office even more ergonomically correct, the Webble features 4 wheels beneath a durable frame wrapped in foam and mesh that together create a footrest intended for continual movement.
Available in 3 different color schemes including black mesh/black foam, black mesh/red foam, and silver mesh/black foam. Although it comes with wheels, don’t get any idea about skating on the Webble because it comes with a preventive safety lock mechanism to prevent improper usage. The Webble features smooth gliding casters ideal for carpet use.
What we thought:
Fun and innovative. When we first received the Webble, I wasn’t sure what to make of it as it looked like a mesh skateboard. However, after trying the Webble out at my desk, after a few weeks I started getting used to the concept of having a footrest that rolled and I’m really starting to enjoy using it on a daily basis. Being 5’2″ it’s nice to have something to prop my feet up on to ensure I get proper circulation while sitting with my feet flat on the footrest. I have also found that having a footrest that moves and isn’t stationary is actually beneficial as it allows me to move around more often instead of feeling cramped by sitting in the same position for 8 hours a day.
Not every product can be perfect, including the Webble which has a couple of drawbacks. The first drawback I’ve found is the price point; it is understandable many can not afford the Webble starting at $150, however it is also important to keep in mind the benefits of using an active footrest which makes purchasing this product well worth it. The second drawback is that it takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you are accustomed to using a stationary footrest.
While the price may seem a bit steep the advantages outweigh the disadvantages by far, making the Webble a worthwhile investment. The Webble has four casters located under its frame that allows you to roll the footrest in any direction. The constant motion is good for your legs because it promotes circulation and eliminates the cramping feeling you may start to feel in your legs from sitting in the same position for too long. The casters also have a locking capability to keep the Webble in place if too much pressure is applied, in order to avoid accidents that could potentially incur from standing or skating on the product.
The overall construction of the Webble is also a force to be reckoned with. The mesh used to cover the top of the Webble is virtually indestructible as I found found after using it for months now. I’ve dug my heel into the Webble countless times, work stilettos and placed the heel on top of the mesh with firm pressure, and it has been knocked around a bit since arriving in our office. I’ve seen quite a few different brands of footrests break after a few months of usage or if too much pressure is applied when sitting, but after using the Webble I would confidently say this product will last for years of usage.
If anything, it will be a fun addition to have in any office. Not only will you be the talk of the office, but you’ll also be the first (presumably) to have the coolest new ergonomic device in your workplace. Just don’t let your co-workers mistake it for a skateboard!
Overall, this footrest is worth having, especially if you experience pain in your legs from sitting in the same position on a regular basis or if you are a shorter individual and would like to have something to prop your feet up on, like myself. The only downside is the cost, but it may be worth the investment considering the chance you may have to replace cheaper footrests much more often than you’d have to replace a Webble with its solid quality construction.
The Webble was even featured in Spirit Magazine December 2010 issue, found on Southwest Airlines under the business perk of the month section!