You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking. But many of us have no choice
but to sit while we are at work. In an ideal world, sit/stand desks would be the norm, but for many that isn’t feasible. If you find yourself strapped to your desk and chair at work, make sure you are following these tips for a more ergonomic work space!
Adjust your chair
There are a ton of ergonomic chairs to choose from, but if updating your chair isn’t an option, adjusting the one you have will be beneficial! Simply adjust the height of your chair so your feet rest flat on the floor and alter the armrests so your arms gently lay flat when your shoulders are relaxed. You will be surprised how much of a difference adjusting your chair can make!
Invest in a headset
This is especially important if you spend a large portion of your day on the phone. Many of us multi-task and clinch the phone between our head and neck while typing or doing other activities. A headset can be a lifesaver for your neck and give you more freedom while on those long calls.
Modify your monitor
Your monitor should be directly in front of you about arm’s length away. You want to top
of the screen to be at eye level. Many monitors are adjustable now, but if yours is not, try stacking books under it so it’s the appropriate height.
Move your mouse
This may seem obvious, but make sure your mouse and keyboard are close enough and on the same surface. Keep your wrists straight and rested comfortably on your desk when working. Lastly, tweak the settings on your mouse to make it more sensitive so you can use less force when using it. If you can alternate the hand you control your mouse with it can be a helpful way to create more balance on each side (this will take a lot of patience at first).