Since the early 1960s, the amount of people in sedentary or mostly inactive jobs has increased from 50 to 80%. If you’re among the majority of Americans who work in front of a computer, you know that having a quality chair is a necessity. But are your chair and work space ergonomically aligned?
Here are a few ways to ensure that your work station is as “user-friendly” as possible. These tips may help prevent some of the long-term health issues that can result from sitting improperly.
Opt for a headset
If you talk and type often, use a headset instead of cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. This will help counteract the negative impact to your neck and shoulders from being on the phone for extended periods of time.
Sit up straight
Most of us naturally slump forward as we get more focused on work, which requires that we make a conscious effort to maintain good posture. First rule of thumb here is to adjust your chair properly. Make sure your feet rest on the floor comfortably and your hips and knees are about level. Forearms should be level or slightly tilted upward. Place a small pillow or cushion at your lower back for lumbar support if your chair lacks that feature.
Check your screen
Your monitor should be placed directly in front of you, about an arm’s length (18 to 28 inches) away. The top of the screen should be just a bit below eye level. If glare is an issue, position your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.
This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.