Balancing Health & Work

A Computer User’s Guide

In today’s digital age, many of us, including here at Flying Duck, find ourselves spending the majority of our workdays in front of a computer screen. While this technological shift has brought unprecedented convenience, it has also introduced a host of health challenges. Sitting for extended periods, typing away on a keyboard, and staring at screens can take a toll on our physical well-being. In this blog, we want to explore the crucial role of maintaining physical health while working on a computer and provide practical tips to help you strike a healthy balance.

Why is physical health important for desk workers?

Posture and Back Health: Prolonged sitting can lead to poor posture, which, in turn, can result in back pain and discomfort. At Flying Duck, we believe in maintaining good posture and incorporating regular stretches into our work routine to alleviate these issues.

Eye Health: Staring at a screen for hours can strain your eyes and contribute to digital eye fatigue. We recommend implementing the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds) to help reduce eye strain.


Circulation and Weight Management: Staying seated for extended periods can negatively impact circulation and contribute to weight gain. We encourage taking short, frequent breaks to move around and stretch, which is crucial for maintaining good circulation and managing your weight.


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Flying Duck’s Tips for Improving Physical Health at Your Desk

  • Ergonomics: Invest in an ergonomic chair and adjustable desk to support a comfortable and healthy work environment. Ensure that your screen is at eye level to reduce neck strain.


  • Regular Breaks: Set a timer to remind yourself to take short breaks. Use these breaks to stretch, walk around, or even do a quick workout routine.


  • Hydration: Staying hydrated is essential for overall well-being. Keep a water bottle on your desk to encourage regular sips throughout the day.


  • Healthy Snacking: Choose nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, or yogurt over sugary or processed options.. Eating well contributes to sustained energy levels.


  • Exercise: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine. Whether it’s a morning jog, yoga session, or evening walk, exercise helps counterbalance the effects of prolonged sitting.


  • Eye Care: To protect your eyes, ensure proper lighting in your workspace and follow the 20-20-20 rule. At Flying Duck, we even invest in blue light filtering glasses.


  • Mental Health: Physical well-being and mental health are closely connected. Practice stress-reduction techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, or deep breathing exercises.


  • Regular Check-ups: Don’t neglect regular check-ups with your healthcare provider. Discuss any concerns related to your sedentary work environment.One of the most remarkable aspects of kindness is its universality. It transcends language, culture, and geography. No matter where you are in the world, a kind gesture can be understood and appreciated. Flying Duck Studio Lab embraces this diversity, recognising the importance of kindness in building bridges between different communities and perspectives.


Balancing the demands of computer work with physical health is vital. By making a conscious effort to prioritise your well-being, you can enjoy a healthier and more productive work life. Remember, taking care of your body today ensures that you’ll be better equipped to handle the challenges of tomorrow. So, keep moving, stay hydrated, and enjoy the benefits of a balanced, healthy work routine.