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What Can You Do In 30 Days?
Big goals are realized one day at a time — just ask the world’s biggest innovators, athletes and explorers. In 30 days, you can prepare for a marathon, learn to knit, eat more vegetables, bike halfway across the country, or talk to strangers in the coffee shop. In 30 days, you can change your life, hop on the path that leads to your dreams, or simply get out of your shell.
Can you free your body of pain, too?
Yes — by taking one, small step at a time. This coming month, we challenge you to try out one ergonomic product at work, to hold a walking meeting every day, to stand while you type, or simply to get moving. We challenge you to 30 days of ergonomics — 30 days of reduced arm, wrist, neck and back pain. 30 days of energy and mental space to focus on work, rather than how you feel. We challenge you to commit to just a few simple changes to your routine, and to radically change the way you work.
Here’s How It Works:
- Choose an ergonomic product to try out for 30 days. Try a keyboard, mouse, chair, or even just wrist rests. You’d be surprised how much they can do for you!
- Use your ergonomic product for at least one hour a day for the next 30-days. As you train yourself up, challenge yourself to longer periods of time until you’re working the whole day on your comfort-friendly accessory.
- Tweet @Goldtouch with stories and photos of how they’re all going, or post photos directly to Pinterest and Instagram with the hashtag #Ergo30.
- On day 30, make your decision: will you continue using your ergonomic product? Are you going to add a new one for the next 30 days? The challenge is up to you!
Are you ready to upgrade your work experience? Start the 30-Day Ergo Challenge today!
Meet Our Promoters!
We have a select number of promoters that are getting the word out about the Goldtouch Ergonomic 30 Day Challenge. We have sent them some Goldtouch products to try out for the challenge as well as another product to give away to their community of readers. Check out them out on their blogs and on social for your chance to win a Goldtouch product.
- Not Now Mom’s Busy – Corina Ramos joins us representing the work from home crowd. She recently blogged about Carpal Tunnel as something that she knows could happen to her with her lifestyle (we feel you Corina!). Find Corina on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
- Copyblogger – VP of Marketing, Jerod Morris is joining us from Copyblogger. They have been providing industry leading resource for writers for a number of years. Jerod is also the founder of the Primility movement. You can find Jerod on Twitter, Copyblogger on Twitter, Jerod on Instagram, and Jerod on Pinterest.
- Fit is a Feminist Issue – Tracy Isaacs is joining us from the team on this blog. She has had issues in the past with neck and back pain and we knew she’d be a great partner. Find Tracy and Samantha on Twitter, Fit is a Feminist Issue on Facebook, and Tracy on Pinterest.
Tip 1: Have a Walking Meeting. Pump out those endorphins as you brainstorm ideas with the team. Go for a walk in the park, around the office, or to a coffee shop while you meet!
Tip 2: Deskercize. The gym shouldn’t monopolize your workout routine. Do lunges, bicep curls, and stretches right at your desk to get your blood flowing and challenge your muscles to move in new ways.
Tip 3: Stand While You Work. Sitting for 8+ hours a day dramatically increases your risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, and we’re not even going to mention what it does to your musculoskeletal system. Place your laptop on a stack of books and try standing while you work in 10-minute intervals.
Tip 4: Type 3 Emails on a Split Keyboard. Ergonomic split keyboards help prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) like carpal tunnel syndrome. Find your unique fit and learn what it means to type with comfort and ease.
Tip 5: Check Your Posture. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent at a 45-degree angle. For all of today, set a timer to go off every 10 minutes to remind you check your posture and correct any slouching.
Tip 6: Adjust Your Screen. Neck hurt at the end of the workday? Alleviate your pain by adjusting your screen so that you can look straight ahead without straining your neck up or down.
Tip 7: Keep Your Wrists in a Neutral Position. If you’re typing on a straight, flat keyboard, you’re doing so with your hands splayed to the side and wrists cocked up or down. Instead, try typing with your hands hovering lightly over the keyboard in a neutral position. Hint: an ergonomic keyboard will help!
Tip 8: Streeetch! Office injuries happen when we repeatedly use our muscles in the same way without challenging the others. Get out of your seat every 45 minutes today to stretch your arms and legs in new ways. Get that blood flowing!
Tip 9: Step Away From the Trackpad. Laptop trackpads may be convenient, but they put a lot of stress on your wrist and fingers. Try out an ergonomic mouse today instead for ample support and comfy rest areas!
Tip 10: Make an Ergo Buddy. Reach out to an office friend today to exchange tips for your ergo challenge. Nothing like a good friend for offering support — except maybe ergonomic equipment!
Tip 11: Spin Your Day Away. Forget spin class — try out some beneath the desk pedals and bike while you work! More of a running fan? You’ll find mini-ellipticals for below the desk, too!
Tip 12: Stand in Comfort. Have you opted for a standing desk? Pair it with a rubber comfort mat and give your feet and knees a break. If it’s good enough for industrial kitchen cooks, it’s good enough for the office!
Tip 13: Power Walk to Lunch. Forget the car today. Pump those arms and legs and power walk to lunch. Your whole body will thank you — and your brain, too!
Tip 14: Bike to Work. Biking to work is as good for the earth as it is for your muscles. Make it a pedaling commute today and experience the joys of country or city views. Nothing like fresh air to start the day!