Stretching at work can be crucial for your physical health. Whether you sit at a desk or move around all day, stretching and moving your muscles is good practice to avoid strain on your body. Check out some ergonomic tips below!
A compact keyboard is better than a wide keyboard with a numeric keypad. The closer the mouse is to the keyboard, the more natural the posture becomes. Wider keyboards can be bad because the mouse moves farther away, causing the arm to work more – therefore resulting in strain and a sore wrist. Back and shoulders will also be stressed in this uncomfortable position.
To be as comfortable as possible at your desk, you should place your hands in a neutral position i.e., hands aligned straight. Your hands should never be angled or strained into a bent fashion.
A no-brainer: Try an ergonomic keyboard. The letters are literally arranged in the most comfortable way for a natural ease of use. You may also try and ergonomic mouse! There are mice out there that are shaped to the natural form of your hand. They may feel odd at first, but rest assured they will begin to feel like a natural extension of your hand. These are great tools to prevent health risks such as carpal tunnel.
The way you sit at your desk can be the difference between a good day at work and back pain for weeks. See the diagram for the most ergonomically safe positions to sit in your office chair.