Ergonomics While You Work
How you work can make or break you—ergonomically speaking. The way we sit, position or orient ourselves all day can have a serious impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. A properly calibrated seating experience can affect your mood and concentration—and have a real impact on job performance. What’s more, study after study confirms that a sedentary life leads to long-term problems that can actually impact your longevity and quality of life.
Seating that is properly adjusted to your needs can be a game-changer. The right chair can be an opportunity to keep your body engaged and active and ultimately healthier for the long-haul. Use the tips below as an easy guide.
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If your chair has a seat adjustment, take a seat with your feet flat on the floor. Move the seat to allow for two inches of space between the back of your knee and edge of the seat.
The body is working at its best when legs are at a 90-degree angle from your body. Feet should rest comfortably on the floor. Your arms should be positioned at a 90-degree angle. If you have to stretch your arms or legs, the chair or workstation is likely too high.
The best way to ensure proper support—and therefore comfort—for long periods of work is to sit upright with shoulders straight and lower back supported by the curve of the chair. Avoid posture problems that can tire your lower back by occasionally stretching your thighs the full length of the seat so that the backs of your knees brush the seat edge.
Use all the bells and whistles of your chair to help you shift to different positions to support what you’re doing. Sit upright to engage your core to focus your attention. Use your back recline feature to allow for different tasks and to relieve stress on your back and hips. Adjust the recline tension to vary the force needed to recline in your chair.
Avoid twisting or turning your head to read screens. Place your monitor roughly arm’s length away, directly in front of you, at eye level.
The best place for your keyboard is directly in front of the monitor so you don’t have to frequently turn your head and neck.
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