Hamster Wheel Desk
The discussion regarding the health issues of sitting at a desk all day at work has been ongoing for several years. A number of designs have been developed and some research has been done.
In the last few weeks an artist has designed a hamster wheel desk. Yes, you did read correctly. A hamster wheel desk. The desk is basically a wooden human sized hamster wheel. Instead of standing at your desk, you walk! Or perhaps you run, like a hamster!
The hamster wheel desk is not in production. However, the guys explain how to make one for yourself. Perhaps you haven’t quite got the DIY skills for such a task. Or maybe your boss would be horrified at having the wheel in the middle of the office.
The nature of desk work does mean that you are stuck at your desk for the majority of the day. Height adjustable desks are often thought of as an ideal solution. They allow the user the choice of whether to stand or sit. If this is not an option for your workplace there are other suggestions to help you stay healthy at work.
Posture is certainly paramount. Taking regular breaks from the computer screen and your chair is important. Many chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and occupational therapists recommend simple exercises you can do at your desk. Use the stairs at work. Take a short walk at lunch breaks. A good quality ergonomic office chair can have a positive impact on your day-to-day health at work.
Running round like a hamster is not the only solution to keeping healthy at work.