We’ve learned a lot about how to work with our computers in the proper way, so that we might relax and enjoy our computer work. In the final part of our 4-Part series looking at the 40 Important Ergonomic Tips for Computer Use offered by Accredited Online Colleges, we’ll look at some common-sense suggestions that can be applied to most of our computer-work situations:
- Stay in shape: Ergonomics work best in conjunction with a body that is already healthy through diet and exercise.
- Everything in moderation: Certain risky behaviors like crossing your legs can be done for brief periods of time, but make it your goal to be in a good neutral position for 80% of your time at the computer.
- Stretch it out: Every 30 minutes, get up from your chair and do stretches that you hold for at least 5 seconds. Download Stretch Break for different stretch ideas.
- Drink and breathe: Especially if you are studying hunched over a laptop away from your desk, drink plenty of water and force yourself to stop and breathe deeply occasionally to increase blood flow.
- Get your desk squared away: Before sitting down to study or work, put objects like books that you might need within arm’s length so that you don’t have to lean forward to reach them.
- Chair mat: Make sure there’s carpet or a mat under your chair so that you aren’t straining to hold everything in place or keep it from sliding.
- Don’t hold it: If nature calls, don’t try to hold it, just go. Holding can cause your bladder to overstretch, leading to urinary tract infections.
- Turn that down: Don’t try to watch lectures anywhere that’s too loud to hear without turning up the volume in your headphones too high.
- Change position: Even if you don’t want or have time to get up and move around, at least change your seated position frequently to exercise a different group of muscles and rest the ones you’ve been using.
And one of the best “common-sense” general tips of all is to be sure to use an ergonomic pen whenever you write, whether it’s a lot of class notes, or a simple shopping list. Your hands are in constant use when you are at the computer, and thus can use a relaxing break when you pick up a pen. Help prevent stress injuries and painful hands by using the UGLee Pen – a real Comfort Pen!