Top Tips for Sitting at a Desk

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Sitting down for 8 hours a day really isn’t good for us, especially when measures aren’t taken to minimise the damage. Here are some top tips to help you have a healthier working day.

General

  • Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen at something distant for 20 seconds
  • Position frequently used objects (i.e. mouse, phone, brew etc.) within an arms reach to avoid stretching
  • Take regular breaks and don’t sit in the same position for long periods. Make sure you change your posture as often as is practicable, and stand up / walk as often as possible.
  • Request a headset to avoid phone strain
  • Blink more to moisten your eyes

Monitor

  • Place your monitor about an arms length away from you
  • Position your monitor to avoid screen glare from things behind you
  • Ensure that the top of your monitor is eye level for you (use stacks of paper)
  • Adjust your screen brightness & contrast to look similar to an Amazon Kindle (like ‘digital paper’)

Seating

  • Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair and sit back
  • You can reduce your risk of back pain by adjusting your chair so your lower back is properly supported, or requesting a back rest
  • Ensure that your knees are slightly lower than your hips
  • Adjust your chair height so that you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms straight and level with the floor
  • Rest your feet flat on the floor

Sources

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/workplacehealth/Pages/howtositcorrectly.aspx
http://www.posturite.co.uk/posture-learning-resources/art-of-sitting
http://www.wikihow.com/Sit

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