Think about the time you spend in the kitchen: Do you find yourself having to do a lot of walking here and there, bending down, kneeling, stretching your limbs like Elastigirl to reach what you need, and rummaging through your cabinets with your body twisted in uncomfortable positions?
If the answer is yes, then you just don’t have a very ergonomic kitchen. Kitchen ergonomics looks at the way a kitchen should be designed, in all its elements, to optimize our movements and minimize the stress we put on our body while performing everyday kitchen activities.
The kitchen is, without a doubt, the most important work area in the household. And kitchen users spend a lot of time here. Knowing this, kitchen planning should be carefully thought out and aspects such as ergonomics and optimized work flows (distance, time) should always be taken into account.
Ergonomic factors in the kitchen regarding stress on the body play an important role. Daily activity in the kitchen is more comparable to a workout in the gym rather than a pleasant stroll in the park. That’s because it involves long distances intertwined with lots of stopping, bending, stretching and acceleration. And the main cook of a typical four-person household does this, on average, two hours per day!