Here are a few things you can do to optimize your workspace. Take a look at your chair adjustments, keyboard placement, desk and computer height, and most importantly, your posture. I’ve compiled the standouts of things to look for from an article on LifeHacker.com. I’ll post the article below
Your chair should have all of the following –
A good cushion for your cushion.
Adjustable Seat Height
Adjustable Back Rest
You should be able to adjust it forward and back and the angle
You can buy one that straps onto your chair, or roll up a towel and place it behind the small of your back.
Ability to swivel and roll!
Look at the letter “B” on your keyboard. Line it up with the center of where you are sitting. Or imagine a string attaching from the center of your chest to the “B” key to assure its centered as you type.
Your arms should rest at an easy 90-degree angle when typing.
Adjusted either by desk height or chair height.
Your eyes should be level with the point 2-3 inches below the top of the monitor.
Arms length away.
You can have the best set up in the world, but if your posture sucks your body will suffer. Sort it out and make an effort through ought the day. Sitting like a caveman will slowly but surely destroy your back. Just imagine what your mother would say if she saw the way you sit.
Adding Movement to your day
Clients frequently ask how they can add more movement to their day when the job requires them to sit for prolonged periods. Well, any movement is good when it comes to situations like this. Be creative! Even if you stand up and sit down 10 times between phone calls or emails you will get your heart rate up and body moving. Here are some ideas off the top of my head.
Straight leg, leg lifts under your desk
Standing during phone calls
Standing up, and sitting down 10 times between phone calls
Drinking plenty of water (forcing you to get up and use the bathroom)
Alternately shuffle your feet back and forth under your desk.
Lunge to the bathroom
Take the stairs (not the elevator)
I can’t promise you won’t look silly doing these things. But you may inspire those around you to participate. There’s power in numbers!
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