STANDING DESKS VS SITTING

So there has been a lot of debate in regards to whether standing desks are actually better than sitting.

The proliferation of the standing desk and its popularity can definitely be attributable to this catchphrase: “Sitting is the new smoking”.

A number of schools in American such as Vallecito Elementary have completely gotten rid of seats and replaced them with standing desks. Even back home in Australia, Western Australia’s own Roebourne District High School have started to trial standing desks in an effort to reduce the amount sedentary sitting students do.

But is standing rather than sitting for long periods actually better?

standing desk

According to the Standing Desk blog post by Ergonomics in Design and Fast Co’s Everything Science Knows Right Now about Standing Desks, there seems to be no actual concrete and substantial research in the field of standing desks and the implications it has on the body. The only substantial research that has been undertaken is succinctly summarised in Fast Co’s article above. The research does show some support for standing desks but the results overall don’t show a significant benefit for standing desks.

What do we recommend?

Doing too much of anything is bad for your body. Balance is key.

Mix it up – sit and stand.

Written J.T


Sources

Picture: http://officesnapshots.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/elevate3-275×234.jpeg

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UNSW NEEDS TO ADAPT TO STUDENT’S CHANGING STUDY NEEDS

So in our last blog post, we gave you the lowdown on UNSW’s stance on student ergonomics.

But the crucial thing here is that, students needs have changed and the university should be adapting to the needs.

Overcrowding at Libraries

Students are often faced with the issue of overcrowding in UNSW’s libraries, whether it be in the Law Library or the Main Library. It is getting really hard for students to find a good study spot to do work and so they have now turned to faculty buildings as their go-to study spots. But like we mentioned in our previous post, UNSW did not intend to provide faculty furniture designed for the purposes of study. So what do students do? They can’t do much apart from using that furniture that is NOT designed for study purposes for exactly that. This means bad posture, slouching and aching backs.

Students who have classes mainly in only one building

There are students who only have classes in one building or a particular area of the university and the walk to the library may not be worth their time if they could just study at their own faculty building. For students, time is of the essence – we are juggling study, work, family, social life and other commitments all at the same time. The least UNSW could do is make things easier for us so we can get our work done.

Students who only have a short break between classes but want to use that time to study

Breaks between classes can range from a couple of hours to only 30 minutes but that time is precious to us students. For some of us who want to cram the most study and work into that short time span would be wise in not wasting our time walking to the library when their next class is so far away from the library. This would only waste their precious study time so faculty buildings are the only way to go.

This is why UNSW needs to realise that studying is equivalent to a full-time job, 24/7 we need to be able to study, wherever and whenever. We demand a change in student ergonomics at UNSW!

Share with us your thoughts below. Do you have any more to add to the list?UNSW_coat_of_arms

Written by J.T


Sources

Logo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_South_Wales

UNSW’s FACULTY FURNITURE = HUNGRY JACK’S CAFETERIA?! 🍔🍟

Why are UNSW’s faculty furniture “not ergonomically sound”?

  • Furniture is chosen based on its purpose and task – how they expect students to use the piece of furniture.
  • The reason why faculty furniture is “not ergonomically sound” is because they did NOT intend to make those spaces a study space for students. [Yes, what you read was just correct – I am not kidding with you.]
  • They said that is what the libraries are for – a whole building dedicated to studying for students.

So how are we supposed to be using faculty furniture?

It is obvious at first glance that faculty furniture including:

  • bar stools
  • high tables
  • sofas
  • round tables
  • outdoor benches

are very cafeteria like.

Something a little like….Hungry Jack’s restaurant layout.Hungry Jacks layout

(Taken from: https://www.bookmarc.com.au/images/suppliers/550/gallery/full/20111212004829_3___PIC10L.jpg)

You see the uncanny resemblance? 😳😓

Apparently such interior designing is suppose to give off a relaxed and open feel to the environment that fosters discussion and socialising opportunities for students.

But there are overcrowding issues at the librariesstudents who have classes only in one building who don’t want to waste time travelling back and forth from the library

Check out our next blog post where we discuss why UNSW needs to adapt to student’s changing needs.

Written by J.T

QUICK STRETCHES YOU CAN DO AT YOUR DESK – PART 3

“Physical exercise is not only important for your body’s health – it also helps your brain stay sharp.”

The benefits of physical exercise for the body is well known but did you know that it also helps your brain?

Exercise increases your heart rate and pumps more oxygen to the brain providing a nourishing environment for the growth of brain cells. It also has antidepressant-like effects associated with a drop in stress hormones.

So make sure to take stretch breaks to help improve your memory and help you de-stress! 🙂

Tell us in the comments below which ones you currently do/plan to do. Which ones are the most effective in waking you up?

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Written by J.T


Sources

You can find the full info-graphic at: http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/routine-stretching-deskercise-to-do-at-office/

http://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/everyday-brain-fitness/physical-exercise

QUICK STRETCHES YOU CAN DO AT YOUR DESK – PART 2

It is important for us to take regular breaks when we’re sitting down for long periods of time.

To continue with our Quick Stretches series, we’re moving onto some more hardcore exercises so make sure to get off your seat and stretch those muscles! 🙂

Share with us in the comments below how you found these stretches, were they helpful?

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Written by J.T


Sources

You can find the full info-graphic at: http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/routine-stretching-deskercise-to-do-at-office/

QUICK STRETCHES YOU CAN DO AT YOUR DESK – PART 1

We know that a lot of you guys are prepping for your final exams and assignments now so we have come up with a Quick Stretches series that we recommend you to try out during your study breaks. Take your eyes off the screen and get the blood in your veins pumping.

We will be posting every 3 hours so be sure to come back and check it out 🙂

Make sure to share with us in the comments below whether these were helpful or not.

We are kicking off this series with 4 easy wrist and shoulder exercises. Take a look below 🙂

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Written by J.T


Sources

You can find the full info-graphic at: http://www.jobcluster.com/blog/routine-stretching-deskercise-to-do-at-office/

3 QUICK STRETCHES FOR IMMEDIATE BACK PAIN RELIEF (also helps you quickly lose weight 😉)

Did you know that back pain is one of the most common health conditions among teenagers and young adults. Poor posture and sitting for long periods of time lends itself to back pain.

We wanted to share with you guys 3 quick stretches that can immediately help relieve back pain and also strengthen your back muscles and soft tissue. (They also help you lose weight 😉)

So give these a try and tell us whether you found these useful or not.

1. Knee roll – Lie on the floor facing up with knees bent and move your knees from side to side.

Repeat this 10 times.

knee roll exercise

2. Single Knee to Chest – While lying on your back with both heels on the floor, place one hand behind one knee and bring it your chest. Alternate between both legs 10 times.

singleknee2chest

3. Lifting the Legs – Lie face down on the floor with crossed arms and lift up one leg. Do 5 single-leg lifts and then alternate to the other leg with another 5 single-leg lifts.

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Written by J.T


Sources

Statistics: http://www.aihw.gov.au/back-problems/what-are-back-problems/

Exercise diagrams:

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/stretching-back-pain-relief

http://www.runnersworld.com/injury-treatment/do-weak-hips-cause-pronation

http://www.buildhealthybody.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Knee-Rolls-Exercise.png

🎒 BACKPACK ERGONOMICS – PART 1

backpack ergonomics, you say

So…some of you guys may be thinking…”Wow, this actually exists?”

Well, to answer your question…kind of yes. Let us break it down for you.

Ergonomics is pretty much the design of equipment (something that we use) that aims to minimise physical effort and discomfort and maximise efficiency and productivity.”

So in simpler terms, backpack ergonomics just refers to choosing the right backpack for you!

Things you should consider include:

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It’s really important that as students, we are choosing the right backpack for us, as unique individuals.

One size does not fit all – we are of varying sizes and heights, you need to find that a backpack that fits your needs and your style.

Trends may come and go with bags, but we would recommend going with backpacks that are practical, comfortable and have two straps so that the weight of your bag can even out on both shoulders.

Next time you chuck that backpack on, give some thought into whether that backpack is designed for what you’re going to use it for 🙂

SHARE WITH US YOUR THOUGHTS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW. Do you agree with the information? What are your experiences of choosing the wrong backpack?

Written by J.T


Remember to check out Ergonomics: The Student Guide’s post for further tips: https://ergonomicsforstudents.wordpress.com/chapter-11-how-to-not-break-your-back-carrying-a-backpack/

Sources

Info-graphic: http://www.ableorthopedic.com/blog/2014/august/go-back-to-school-with-the-right-backpack-infogr.aspx

20/20/20 RULE – TAKING BREAKS

Anything you do too much of whether it be drinking too much water and feeling bloated, or pulling an all-nighter and not feeling well the next day or even sleeping too much and having a headache, will almost always result in some form of negative consequence on your body.

Especially with us students who use the computer for prolonged periods of time. We are either watching our favourite TV shows on Netflix, chatting with friends online or watching cat videos…(when we should all be doing our work *coughcough*).

Whatever you’re doing on your computer, it is important to remember to take breaks. 

A golden rule to follow is the 20/20/20 rule. Take a look below:

20,20,20 rule

We recommend jotting down the 20/20/20 rule on a Post-It note and sticking it somewhere close to your screen so that you can be reminded to take breaks every 20 minutes.

Leave us a comment below on whether this was useful or not. What are your ways of reminding yourself to take breaks? Share with us 🙂

Written by J.T


Sources

Info-graphic: http://greatist.com/health/ultimate-guide-good-posture-work-infographic