Corona crisis: avoid back problems in the home office

Variety in the home office keeps your back fit

Due to the current Corona crisis, many people are currently severely restricted in their home office and otherwise in their range of motion. This can quickly lead to back problems that, in the worst case, persist even after the crisis. Occasional changes of position, however, have a preventive effect here.

Small changes in position and posture can provide a significant relief for the back in everyday life. But sitting all day is never a good thing, and if you don't even have an office chair in your home office, you will notice this very quickly. Here it can help to change the workplace within the apartment every now and then. To protect your back, you can still work from the sofa - just not in the same position all the time.

Change your posture and workplace regularly

The kitchen table, the couch or the bed: none of these are ideal workplaces. But many professionals currently have no other choice. In order to prevent back pain in the home office, the Healthy Back Campaign (AGR) advises you to change your sitting posture and your workplace regularly. Because even if the sofa is not a permanent solution, a change of position can loosen muscles and joints and work miracles.

For further variety, professionals can help themselves with a standing table from the garden or from the party cellar and work temporarily standing up. It is even easier if you have a higher work surface or a counter in the kitchen.

Standing calls

If you do not have such options, you can instead try, for example, to make phone calls, either walking or standing. This relieves the back and provides a little movement.

In principle, the AGR also advises to ensure adequate lighting at the workplace. Otherwise, in the long run it will not only be strenuous for the eyes, but possibly also for the back - for example, because you constantly lean too far. (fp; source: dpa / tmn)

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