- Sit and stand. Neither sitting nor standing on your feet all day is good for you. When possible, alternate between the two to prevent locking yourself in one position. If your job primarily involves sitting, take a break and stand up every 25 minutes or so. If your in the habit of holding the same position until pain or numbness reminds you to shift position (I am guilty of this), try setting the alarm on your cell phone to vibrate every 25 minutes as a subtle reminder until you get into the new habit. You will notice after a short time that your concentration and stamina will improve, an added bonus!
- Compute comfortably. Your upper body should be spaced 20 to 26 inches from your computer monitor, the top of which should be at an even line with the top of your head when your head is in neutral position. Your arms should hang comfortably at your sides, elbows at a right angle, with your wrists relaxed while typing. Adjust your chair or add a pillow under you to aid in achieving the right height.
- Give your wrists a rest. Purchase a wrist rest for your computer or make your own with two strips of bubble-wrap packing material taped together. Make the bottom strip wider than the top strip and tape the excess width to the bottom of the keyboard so the wrist rest extends outward.
Being aware in the work place of the things we do repeatedly will go a long way towards better health, concentration and productivity. Thus, allowing a more fit and active lifestyle outside of work, and providing a better quality of life for many years to come.