One of the many questions we get in the office is “how can I improve my work space?”
Did you know sitting too much can be hazardous to your health? They are calling sitting the new smoking. Many of us spend the majority of our day behind a desk, so it’s important to make sure your work space is friendly and ergonomically correct for your body.
Here is how you can improve the ergonomics of your work space:
- The Chair: Get a posture friendly chair that is comfortable, has an adjustable height lever, arm support, and the ability to swivel. My desk chair is comfortable and reminds me to always have my neck in the proper position. It’s important to get up every hour for a few minutes to stretch, get a drink of water, or go to the restroom – your body will really thank you.
This is our office’s chair if you are interested:
- The Screen: Your screen should be at your eye level. It is important to make sure your head and neck do not tilt too far downward while completing tasks on your computer or phone. Consider a computer/laptop stand or stacking books under your device, and holding your phone at eye level.
- The Desk: Consider a standing desk. I absolutely love our office’s standing desk! If you’re not sitting, you’re less likely to be slouching or have poor posture. Standing can help lessen nerve pressure and the development of poor sitting posture. Standing provides your joints with more movement and improves your body’s circulation.
This is our office’s standing desk if you are interested:
- Your Posture: Be sure to take advantage of your chair features – if your chair has great lumbar support, then don’t sit on the edge of the chair causing more strain and stress on your back and nerves. Make a conscious effort to press your bottom against the back of the chair, and avoid slouching. Your elbows and knees should be at a 90* angle. Try to maintain this ideal sitting posture when you are not standing.
Getting adjusted regularly and having a proper ergonomic work space go hand in hand with each other by helping your body function optimally. Have more energy, focus better, and be more productive at work with your new work space!
Check out our article about the best plants to purify the air your home/office, and learn why you should have a couple plants in your work space! 🙂