*This is a blog post from Frankie the office dog*
Yo guys! What. Is. UP?
Last Friday was Take Your Dog To Work Day. How cool is that?
See, I didn’t realise, but apparently not all humans work at home and this means some dogs get left at home all day, or they go to a different house, or a different human comes in to take them for a walk. I never knew! I sit at home all day (mostly in the garden) and Nic sits at home all day (mostly at her desk). Sweet!
So, I didn’t actually have to be “taken” anywhere or do anything different at all to celebrate “Take Your Dog To Work Day”. I used the time I saved (by not having to commute) to write this blog post.
I’ve actually written about how hard I work in previous blog posts. The best one is probably this one I reckon, it’s got pictures of me with Doom the Gladiator!
Today I thought I would address the important topic of Staying active and limber even when you work from home.
It’s a very important subject. See, most big offices are set up only for people to work in them. That’s the point. So they have proper office chairs, big desks, proper computers with fancy keyboards, and maybe the people who run the office even do “employee wellness” and make the humans do stuff like have health tests and walk about and things. Oh and most offices have stairs, so the humans can be active by walking to other floors and going to meetings.
When Nic is working from home, just writing stuff, she doesn’t do any of that. Nobody makes sure her desk is set up properly, she can sit on any chair she wants, and we have no employee wellness incentives here.
This is my advice to Nic (some of which she does) and it’s my advice to you, too, if you also work at home:
– get a dog 😉 They’ll definitely help you be more active, and will also help “top and tail” (<< hahaha!) your day with walks. This in turn helps you create a boundary between work time and home time
– take a proper lunch break even if it’s only 20 minutes, and don’t eat your lunch at your desk
– make activity a big part of your day, and be mindful of it. Walk :D, potter in the garden on your break, go to the gym, walk to do local chores if possible
– don’t sit there for hours and hours and hours! Get up, walk about. Take phone calls standing up. Maybe even set a beeper so you remember to get up even when you’re totally engrossed in your work
– try to separate your work life from your home life, otherwise you might find yourself on that computer morning, noon, and night, weekdays and weekends
– get a separate keyboard for your laptop, one that’s shaped properly by clever people who understand wrist pain and RSI
– don't sit on a rubbishy chair to do your work. Get one of those "saddle stools", seriously, they're great!
– have regular check ups with an osteo, and/or regular massages to keep yourself pain free
– do stretches and postural exercises regularly during the day
Nic doesn't do all of these things 😦 no matter how often I remind her. She's good at walking, and at going to the gym. She has a saddle stool (best decision ever, she says!) And she sometimes sees massage people and an osteo to keep her relatively pain-free.
One more thing, before I go back into the garden: Take Your Dog To Work Day isn’t just about dogs going to work. It’s a well serious day, actually! It’s all about adopting rescue dogs, and supporting people who work on behalf of rescue dogs, and basically about how brill rescue dogs are and how you humans should all love us! I’m a rescue dog actually, so I’m totally behind this whole thing. Anyway, if you have a mo, check out the Take Your Dog To Work Day website and maybe see what you can do to help. Not every dog is as lucky as me, you know!
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.