Whether you’re a student taking online classes, an office computer worker, or someone who spends a lot of leisure time in front of a computer, these tips will help keep you from experiencing repetitive strain injuries which can develop over time. We will be looking at the 40 ergonomic tips in a 4-part series. First up –
Back and legs
1. Get comfortable: The best way to prevent stress injuries is to be in a relaxed position where you aren’t straining, clenching, or stressing. Use the metaphor of being asleep as your ideal state of comfort.
2. Align your spine: For good posture you should maintain an upright posture where your head is directly aligned over the spine all the way down to your pelvis so that the pressure isn’t put on your lower back.
3. Pick the right chair: Don’t skimp on your office chair (and you will be tempted to). Pick one that lets you adjust seat height, boasts good lumbar support, and has enough padding for extended periods of comfortable sitting.
4. Sit right: Key points to remember for your chair are to lean back at least 90 degrees, slide your hips all the way back in the chair, and keep your feet flat on the floor.
5. Knee angle: The knees should also follow the 90-degrees-or-greater rule to maintain blood flow to the legs.
6. So don’t cross your legs: Crossing your legs for too long increases pressure on your hips, which can cause lower back pain.
7. Be kind to your bottom: Guys, don’t forget to remove your wallet from your back pocket when you sit down, as sitting on it can cause sciatica.
8. Hang up the phone: Every cell phone has a speakerphone option now; use it. Never cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder.
9. Try standing: We’re now finding that sitting all day is very harmful to health. If you’ve got a long day of online studying or work ahead, mix it up by standing at your computer
Another simple ergonomic tip is to use an ergonomic pen whenever you need to write. While you’re taking good ergonomic care of your backs and legs, you don’t want to cause stress injury to your hands and fingers. The UGLee Pen is designed to make sure that you have a stress-less grip, allowing for a comfortable writing experience.
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