Ergonomics are incredibly important factors when it comes to your overall health, well-being, and productivity, but many people don’t know the proper ways to incorporate ergonomics at their desk. If you’re not sure how to best sit at your workstation, there are a few tips to ensure you’re sitting with the best ergonomic positioning possible for ideal physical wellness during your workday.
The first place to start is your chair and posture. Make sure the height of your chair is adjusted so your feet can rest flat on the floor comfortably and your knees are level with your hips. If your chair is too high for your feet to be on the floor, consider getting a foot rest for additional support. For the best ergonomic posture while in your chair, center your body in front of your monitor and keyboard. You should be maintaining a natural posture that positions your body so that your neck and spine are stacked correctly.
To protect your wrists, it’s important to keep them in a straight and natural position. If you use a wrist rest, hold your hands and wrists above the rest then during typing breaks, place the palms of your hands – not your wrists – on the rest. As for your keyboard and mouse, they should be placed in a position that keeps your elbows at your sides and your arms at or below a 90-degree angle so that you aren’t straining muscles.
When it comes to key objects on your desk, such as your phone or printed materials, make sure they are within a comfortable reach so that you don’t have to strain your body by reaching unnecessarily. If you need something that isn’t at arm’s length, be sure to stand to retrieve it.
Then there’s your monitor. It’s important that your monitor is directly in front of you and about 20-28″ away. The top of the screen should be slightly below eye level so that you aren’t bending your neck or straining your eyes to see the screen. You should also put your monitor in a position that reduces harsh glare from lights or windows.
If your monitor is stationary or you find it difficult to adjust it appropriately, Innovative has many helpful monitor mount solutions that enable you to place your monitor in the ergonomic position that’s best for you.
Even if you’ve set up your workstation in an ergonomically ideal way, it’s still very important to take breaks. Taking the time to stand, walk, and stretch throughout the day gives your body a break from a harmful sedentary lifestyle, as well as giving your eyes the opportunity to rest from the strain staring at a computer screen can cause.
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