As we all know, it isn’t healthy to sit at work all day. When we do so, we can experience back pain, we have a bad blood-flow, we can also feel more tired and less focused. The best way to improve health at work is to switch between the sitting posture and the standing posture. In this blog, I will give you five tips to improve your sitting posture at work. Healthy posture at work is the first thing you should take into account when
- A good distance between your eyes and the computer
The screen of your computer should be slightly below your eye level and you should be sitting at least 45 cm away from it.
- Find the right angles
Your ears have to be aligned with your shoulders, it’s better to keep your neck straight. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed. If you have a chair with support, put your back against it. Maintain your elbows at a 90-degree angle and keep your wrists flat and straight on the desk. Make sure there is enough space under your desk for your thighs. Your knees should be a little lower than your hips. Your feet are supposed to stay flat on the floor.
- Adjust the position of your second screen, if you are using one
A lot of people are working on many screens. If you are using more than one screen, make sure the other one is directed slightly toward you. It’s better to diminish the head movements you’re doing horizontally and vertically to look at it. Instead of moving your head, which could cause neck pain, move your eyes to look at your second screen.
- Use your computer mouse correctly
When you are sitting, try moving your forearm to use the mouse, instead of moving your wrist. Keep your mouse close enough to the keyboard and make it easy to reach. If you are often using other objects from your desk such as a notebook or a pencil, make sure to keep them close to avoid moving your arm too far to reach them.
- Don’t forget to move and stretch during your breaks!
Movement is also a key to healthy sitting! Stretching your neck, your shoulders, your back, your hands, and your legs after sitting for a few hours is very healthy and pleasant for your body and mind. Even if it just lasts a few minutes. Try to walk or exercise during your breaks. You can also put a stability ball in your office and sit on it when you feel the need to move. It allows you to have a soft workout of your abdominal muscles, as they are the ones who work when you have to keep your body balanced and stable. A healthy posture is key for your well-being.
Now, you are ready to improve your posture, and make working healthier!