Make Your Work Area Posture Friendly
So many of us work at the computer these days. It’s critical that we adjust the workspace so it encourages good posture. If your computer screen is positioned too low, you’ll tend to look down at it, which fosters a forward neck and head posture. Bring it up to eye level. What about your mouse? If it’s too far forward and you have to reach to get it, again, you’re pushing the body into a forward slump.
Bring the mouse and keyboard back to where you can comfortably reach them, or move your chair forward. Make sure you have a good ergonomic chair, one that supports your back and fits your height and body structure, and preferably one with armrests. Wrist rests on your keyboard are also a good idea, as they help support the weight of your hands.
Position the screen and the keyboard directly in front of you, so you don’t have to rotate your neck or lower back. When typing, your fingers should rest easy on the keyboard with your elbows bent at 90-degree angles.
Don’t forget to get up at least once an hour to walk around, stretch, and loosen up. Get a glass of water, take a walk outside, perform a handful of stretches, or visit a colleague—anything to get your body moving.