Bad posture while working at your desk

Many people spend more than 40 hours a week sitting at a desk working on a computer these days.  Bad postural habits cause irritation to many parts of the body, but especially the neck, back and shoulders.  Bad posture will also undo the benefits of the couple of hours of exercise performed a week, so a person should think about the way they spend their working life.  Here are a few postural pointers:

  • Make sure your chair is the right height for your feet to rest flat on the floor.
  • Your back should rest against the chair back.
  • Your knees and hips should be at right angles.
  • Your forearms should be able to rest on your desk when you bend your elbows 90 degrees.
  • Make sure you are close enough to your desk that you dont have to reach forward to work.
  • Position your computer screen directly in front of you.
  • The centre of the screen should be at eye level.
  • The mouse should be within easy reach.

Posture is so important to prevent problems.  Make sure you follow these pointers above and make sure to get up every 20 to 30 minutes and walk around.



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