You probably spend most of your time in your workspace. Whether you work from home or in an office, it is important to make sure your workspace is friendly to your back and your body. Here are 4 tips to ensure your workplace is ergonomically friendly:
1. Start with Your Chair
Have you thought about how much time you spend sitting in your desk chair? Proper posture while sitting for extended periods of time is very important for your back. Make sure you have a chair that encourages proper posture, has a comfortable cushion, an adjustable height lever, arm support, and the ability to swivel. Regardless of how ergonomically friendly your chair, you should be getting up each hour and walking around for a few minutes.
2. Adjust Your Computer Screen
Your screen should be at eye level. A lot of desks will have you seated above your computer so that you are having to tilt your head and neck down while working on your computer. Purchase a laptop stand, or simply stack up a few books until your computer is sitting at eye level.
3. Check Your Mouse and Keyboard As Well
When you are typing on your keyboard pay attention to where your hands and wrists are. Now do the same thing with your mouse. An ergonomic mouse and keyboard will give you a more comfortable resting place for your hands and wrists.
4. Replace Your Desk
This one isn't as budget-friendly, but it will be worth it in the long-run. Sitting all day does major long-term damage to your spine. A standing desk allows you to switch between sitting and standing giving your low back a break from strains of slouching at your desk all day.
Have you done anything else to make your workplace more ergonomic? Let me know in the comments!