If you’re a white-collar, soft hands clean clothes information-worker, you sit on your ass day in and day out and probably, at night too. Using the computer is your work and play. By now, you probably have decent desk ergonomics and understand the importance of them. Carpul-tunnel and RSI are real, no matter who you are.
Hell, I bet you’ve had some strange aching pains in your shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, and or hands at some point. An early warning of what could come and enough to motivate you to make some positive, preventative changes. Let’s assess the basic ergonomics of a healthy desk:
- Screen is at arms length from your face and at eye level.
- Keyboard is parallel or slightly lower than where your arms rest on the desk. Your wrists should not be higher than your elbows.
- Mouse easily accessible, moves effortlessly, requiring little to no movement of your arm.
- You’re sitting up straight. Shoulders back and not hunched over. If it hurts, you probably need a better chair – get one with good lumbar support. Or, baring the new chair option, one of these inflatable cushions.
- Feet flat on the ground or better yet, on a foot rest that promotes upright sitting (not slouching!).
- Check this out for illustrations of an ideal workspace configuration.
Now, on to the meat of the meal: taking breaks.
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