8 Ways to Practice Better Computer Ergonomics
August 17, 2015
Are you experiencing any muscle fatigue, loss of sensation, tingling or reduced performance at work? Are you also sitting in front of your computer for long periods of time? Well, cut it out, desk jockey! Before you look up symptoms of life as an undead, take a look at these tips to improve your posture and reduce pain during your workday.
What is computer ergonomics?
Computer ergonomics is a practice that improves workplace arrangement to reduce physical stress on your body. How can you improve your workflow during a long 9-5?
1. Get the right chair!
Selecting the right chair is important for your posture. Think proud peacock. Pick a chair that supports your back in a vertical position with a slight arch.
2. Consider investing in a headset
Using a headset can prevent neck strain for whenever you need to make a call at work. No more cradling a phone in your shoulder!
3. Hey, eyes up here!
Keep everything you are reading at eye level to prevent neck strain. A document holder can be handy for hard-copy documents.
4. Watch your arms and wrists
Keeping your elbows at a 90-degree angle while typing will ensure that your wrists are straight. You want to avoid straining in any angle to reach the keyboard. Consider getting a foam pad to keep your wrists straight.
5. Your eyes are the windows to your soul
Which is why you should tilt your monitor to avoid the glare from your screen.
6. Stay grounded
Literally! Make sure your feet are flat on the ground.
7. Party like its 1980
The time before laptops. The placement of keyboards and screens on laptops are too close and can cause pain. Use a separate monitor and keyboard for the best results.
8. Keep your blood flowing
Don't be entombed in your chair. Get up every 30 minutes for a brisk walk and to stretch your eyes. It will actually help your productivity and keep you from experiencing pain at the end of the day.