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How to Identify and Correct your Posture Type

How to Identify and Correct your Posture Type

Why is Correct Posture Important? Your spine functions best to transfer weight efficiently when it is in its neutral, or “S” shaped curve. Identifying your posture is the first step to reducing fatigue by lengthening short, tight muscles and strengthening weak,...
Five Reasons to Practice Yoga (even if you’re not Flexible)

Five Reasons to Practice Yoga (even if you’re not Flexible)

“I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible.” That’s the first thing most people say when I mention that I’m a yoga teacher. I assume they are referring to their bodies. Mental flexibility is a requirement to do yoga.  Physical flexibility...
Ergonomics: Topics of Interest

Ergonomics: Topics of Interest

It’s been just over one year since I started the ergolife blog to help people manage and prevent the pain and injury that result from long hours spent on computers and hand held devices.  This partial summary of ergonomic topics covered in the past year can...
The True Cost of an Ergonomic Injury

The True Cost of an Ergonomic Injury

The Cost of Reaction vs. Prevention Clients who call for an ergonomics risk assessment have often experienced recurring episodes of pain. Sometimes it’s acute back pain that has cost them a week or more of work, on more than one occasion. In between those...
Yoga: A Vital Part of your Corporate Health and Wellness Strategy

Yoga: A Vital Part of your Corporate Health and Wellness Strategy

After enjoying a personal yoga practice for more than ten years, I recently became a Certified Yoga Instructor through a Yoga Alliance affiliated school in Jerusalem. I want to share the benefits of yoga because I believe that taking time to invest in your own health...
Sit-Stand Workstation: Varidesk Product Review

Sit-Stand Workstation: Varidesk Product Review

Much has been promised in terms of the long term health benefits of standing workstations including increased longevity and an end to obesity, type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Is standing at work really the key to better health and productivity or is it...
6 Tips to Introduce Movement at Work and Increase Creativity

6 Tips to Introduce Movement at Work and Increase Creativity

Sitting for extended periods isn’t only bad for your health.  It’s bad for morale. It’s bad for concentration. It’s bad for productivity. Recently, Stanford University Researchers found that walking enhances creating thinking, after as well as...
10 Hilarious Cartoons About Ergonomics

10 Hilarious Cartoons About Ergonomics

Just because we are serious about ergonomics doesn’t mean we can’t approach the subject with a sense of humor. Has mainstream media got carried away with ergonomics? With all important trends in health and wellness, some people tend to invest too much...
Better Posture in Just Two Weeks? Upright Go Product Review

Better Posture in Just Two Weeks? Upright Go Product Review

The Upright Go is an elegant wearable posture trainer that claims to replace slouching with upright sitting in just two weeks. That’s quite a claim. Nobody can improve your posture for you. But if a device can focus your awareness on your posture over and over...
The Surprising Benefits of Touch Typing

The Surprising Benefits of Touch Typing

What if everybody knew touch typing? Bending your neck forward or sitting with your hands hovering mid-air while you search for keys on your keyboard is an avoidable example of awful ergonomics. Ironically, it’s often the people whose time is worth the most who...
Case Study: Split Ergonomic Keyboard Solves Excruciating Wrist Pain

Case Study: Split Ergonomic Keyboard Solves Excruciating Wrist Pain

The cookbook author pictured below tried to create her own ergonomic hack by placing a piece of foam on her desk after excruciating wrist pain prevented her from writing. However, she missed the main problem which was incorrect positioning of her laptop and lack of an...
Tips to Prevent Workplace Fatigue and Injury

Tips to Prevent Workplace Fatigue and Injury

You can reduce your risk of injury by preventing workplace fatigue. When you perform boring or repetitive tasks, your brain is not the only part of you that gets tired. Your muscles, wrists and eyes are just some of the parts of your body that are being fatigued and...
Stopping Repetitive Strain Injuries Before They Stop You

Stopping Repetitive Strain Injuries Before They Stop You

Repetetive Strain Injuries Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI’s) is the name given to the damage we do to our musculoskeletal and nervous systems by frequent repetition of tasks requiring fine motor skills. Although not specific to computer and device use,...
How To Improve Productivity by Removing Clutter

How To Improve Productivity by Removing Clutter

Good Workplace Energy is Good Ergonomics. Ergonomics is about overall wellbeing as much as it is about injury prevention. The environment in your office should be conducive to safe and productive working habits. A cluttered environment can easily lead to feelings of...
Four Common Causes of Neck Pain (And How to Avoid Them)

Four Common Causes of Neck Pain (And How to Avoid Them)

Twisting your neck sideways, bending forward, scrunching your phone in between your shoulder and ear and” text neck” all place an unhealthy amount of strain on the muscles of your neck, shoulders and upper back. These are just some examples of bad...
Preventing Text Neck Syndrome

Preventing Text Neck Syndrome

Text neck syndrome is a name to describe the headache, neck pain, and shoulder ache that result from the extra strain from looking down at a handheld device for long periods of time. And those are just the short term effects.  In the long term, head forward...
Case Study: Improved Posture is Just One Observation Away

Case Study: Improved Posture is Just One Observation Away

I often find it difficult to believe that people who pride themselves on their awareness of ergonomics have put so little thought into the setup of their offices. Case study In an extreme example, a client was referred to me by his health care professional. He was...
The Risks of Sitting – is Standing Any Better?

The Risks of Sitting – is Standing Any Better?

A cursory search online will reveal countless articles on the risks of sitting. It’s true that sitting has risks but let’s separate the truth from the hype. Sitting for too long poses two different kinds of risks to your body: Sedentary behaviour risks...