Ever wondered why you start losing your work efficiency as time passes? You might not have noticed but your body posture has a lot to do with it. Basically posture refers to the body’s alignment and positioning with respect to the ever-present force of gravity. Whether we are standing, sitting or lying down gravity exerts a force on our joints, ligaments and muscles. Good posture entails distributing the force of gravity through our body so no one structure is overstressed.

On an average you spend 8 - 9 hours at your workplace daily. Therefore, it becomes very important to attain right posture during working hours to keep your body healthy. Every part of your body is designed to do the small and big work assigned by your mind. Pressuring a single part to do all work can hamper the whole body. So, from next time on when you are spending more hours than scheduled at your workplace, please recheck whether you are attaining a right posture or not.

Your whole body needs to be recharged time to time in order to work properly during working hours. There are some important steps which you can follow and can make your working hours as productive as required by your employer.

Every body part from head to toe needs equal consideration for better productivity.

Keep your head slightly forward rather than tilting it sidewise. Also, while sitting don’t support your head with your hand for a long time as it could hamper your neck muscles.

Down to upper half. Shoulders should be relaxed and released freely without any pressure. Upper arms should be hanging normally to the side of the body while standing and should be parallel to the floors while sitting. Same is the case with hands, wrists and forearms.

The back is prone to increasing pressure as time passes. It should be given proper support while sitting to keep away long-term problems.

Now, for the lower half. Don’t stand with whole body pressure inclined on single leg. It could weaken your knees. While sitting, take a good cushion chair so that thighs and hips could be relaxed properly.

Adjust the height of your chair while sitting to keep your feet supported.

Applying these postures in your daily working hours can surely help you to improve your productivity. But it is also important that you should keep changing your posture whether it is right or not as keeping any posture for a long time is always harmful for the body.

The writer is an orthopaedic specialist and former surgeon and Chairman & MD, Aktivortho{+T}{+M}.