Whether you work for yourself or someone else, your desk is your space, your haven, for however many hours you spend there (and I’ll bet it’s many). Not thinking about it that way? Time to change the mindset and make your work space help you be healthier and happier.

As a workplace wellness expert, I also do ergonomic consultations. I make your space work for you, instead of you trying to fit into the space. Chair height, placement of items such as the computer, keyboard, and phone make a huge difference in how you feel at the end of the day. Incorrect placement of these items, or not adjusting the work space to your body type, may cause stress, back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain.

I have a client that I’ve been working with for a while, but when we first met, she complained of constant lower back pain. After assessing her medical and injury history, I asked her to show me how she sits at her desk. Because of her leg length, she always needed to reach for the floor, causing her to have poor sitting posture, which was putting pressure on her lower back. Since her chair couldn’t go lower because of the desk height, I suggested a foot stool. My client no longer has the back pain.

Sometimes the fix isn’t as easy, but most of the time, it’s 1 or 2 simple adjustments that can make your work space a healthier place to be.

Health and happiness,

Authored by: Tami Racaniello

Tami Racaniello CPFT-HFI, Corporate Wellness Expert, Motivational Speaker & Author Tami, President of It's Time to Get Fit, Inc. & Yummilicious Creations, Incorporated, changed her mindset and lifestyle, leading to a weight loss of over 100 pounds. Tami gives presentations in companies on topics such as "How to Exercise Anywhere" and "Making Small Changes to Make a Big Difference in Energy and Health". She also speaks to women's groups on "Health is Not a Size" and teaches "Intuitive Eating". Tami has done numerous radio interviews, her articles are published in magazines and online, and she is a chapter contributor to the book, "If I Knew Then What I Know Now" by Doreen Guma. Tami believes health is a daily life decision, not an event or diet program, and that food and life is to be enjoyed.        

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