The traditional physical focus of sitting at the office place has been on ergonomics, an applied science utilized in large part to create an efficient and comfortable physical work environment. Ergonomics considers computers, desks, chairs, and other related tools in its goal of limiting repetitive stress and musculoskeletal injuries.
The challenge ergonomists face is anchored, unfortunately, by two vital and unchangeable principles:
- Each employee is an individual. We might exhibit like trends, but at heart we are unique to one; and,
- Our bodies were designed to move.
Another growing challenge to traditional ergonomics is the evolution of mobile devices. Smartphones, tablets, and wearables are changing the way we communicate at the office. The efficiency of these devices are without their shortcomings as it relates to the human body. Varying postures associated with prolonged usage such as the now popular term coined text-neck, create nightmares for ergonomists.
The Truth Ergonomists Battle With
Life is dynamic, and we have an innate human craving to expand our sphere of space. The body was designed to lunge, squat, reach, locomote, verimote (jump), push, pull, and lift objects at different heights, distances, and angles … the opposite of sitting for prolonged periods. Although ergonomics is an important science we must become aware that it is not the only answer, if it was WorkFit would not be needed.