Working in tech, your eyes can be glued to a computer screen for over half the time you’re awake (maybe even more)! Despite the investments in ergonomic keyboards, aerobic balls and standing desks, aging is an irreversible process – our bodies will naturally decay over time and we can only do so much to prolong this process. It’s important to build life-long habits now that will impact your future well-being. Below is a short list of small things you can do on a daily basis to make you a healthy hacker:
1) Eye Strain
Spending all day staring at a monitor definitely isn’t doing any good for your eye-sight. If you haven’t already, you can download an application that tints and filters your screen according to the time of day. F.lux turns your screen to a dimmer orange hue after the sun sets. You can also manually configure the settings to tint your screen regardless of the time of day. It’s also good to stare off into the distance after a long session on the computer to relax your eyes.
2) Desk Exercises
We all know how difficult it can be to reserve time for the gym every day. That is why desk exercises exist; they range from simple stretches to strenuous, seated leg raises.
Aside from the basics of sitting up straight, arms at 90 degrees, computer screen at eye-level, it is good to invest in back supports for your office chair. These also serve as constant reminders to keep your posture on point. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a standing desk, use it! You don’t have to stand the entire time you’re at work but 30-60 minutes everyday will have you thanking yourself in the future.
Some people can be too focused on their work they forget to stay hydrated! Dehydration causes sleepiness and hunger. It’s a good idea to continuously sip on some liquid that isn’t coffee or soda. Water is always healthy :).
5) Sleep Enough
This is hard for not only hackers but pretty much everyone; you will be more focused and efficient at work when you’re well rested. It will also help you stay away from binging on coffee and energy drinks on a daily basis.