Ergonomics, the art of good posture. Sitting with your spine straight, adjusting the levels of your table and doing some stretches now and then are very beneficial to our health. However, this is not as easy as it sounds.
And why it’s not so easy? 3 main reasons: hurts your wallet, your muscles and your brain. Having an adjustable table sounds awesome and expensive, besides occupying a fair amount of space. Standing up all the time and stretching now and then is good, but takes time and a routine of those action for full effects.
Bad posture is a huge drawback in your personal and professional life, providing some musculoskeletal disorders. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, epicondylitis and muscle strains are just some of many disorders triggered by bad postures.
We’re all a part of this globally connected society, always carrying smartphones, laptops and tablets. Social media puts us one step closer to the other side of the world, and it’s amazing to think we’re just one screen of distance them. Speaking of screen, how often do you use your computer? Being digitally nomad, I can easily say that I spend more time looking at screens than peoples (kinda sad, though). I’m going to give away some tips of how to adequately use your computer sitting down, standing up and lying on the bed/floor/dirt/hell.
Sit! Good boy
Using your computer sitting on chair or a couch is probably the most common position utilized by people while working, studying or just enjoying some entertaining content. Here’s what you’ve been doing wrong:
- Hips should be as far back as they can go
- Set your feet flat on the floor
- Make sure your upper and lower back are supported
- Sit close to your keyboard
- Use wrist wrests
- The keyboard height should let your shoulders be as relaxed as they can be.
- Take small breaks and stretch your neck, arms and wrists.
Now, remember my lad: this won’t be pleasant at beginning. Baby-step yourself to create this small habits so every time you start to use the computer, you’ll have a small checklist to run before binge-watching those series.
Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now
Sitting all day long is harmful to your health, and if you don’t have the time to be here, there and everywhere to take short walks, doing some standing work may be solution to your problems. We’ll be giving two kinds of tips here, one being cost effective and the other with some long-term pay-off.
- If you want to do a trial mode without spending any money, do some of your works standing. Examples? Sure: taking phone calls, speeches during meetings, reading or brainstorming, etc.
- Drink more water. It’s not just healthier and good to your kidneys, also those tiny trips to fill your cup or go to the bathroom will pay off big time in the future.
- Now, for those who are willing to invest some amount of cash. Standing desks are the to-go option here. These types of desks allow you to work with the correct posture with adjustable heights to promote more comfort.
- Flip-flops may not be the answer, but wearing comfortable shoes with back support are not just good to maintain your posture without fatiguing your back muscles, they should be a pain-free asset whenever you decide to stand up.
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Relax, it’s just a joke. However, using notebooks while laying on your comfy bed is an usual thing, so how do you do it without hurting yourself? Here are some easy tips:
- We’ve reached a delicate part of the subject. Using your notebook while laying down without hurting your neck or spine is tricky. Mother nature doesn’t allow our joint to perform this kind of movement without some damage.
- However, money is a way out (always is). Buying a monitor and device mount so you can attach your laptop without harming your body is the best option.
- This type of stands allow you to work in any position whatsoever, adjusting to any kind of possible situation.
The key to an ergonomic way of living is to hack your habits so your productivity levels never drop. It doesn’t matter if you’re used to work siting, standing or laying down, you can always use the Hero Panel dashboard to keep track of your productivity levels and to-do’s for the day. Have you adopted an ergonomic way of living? Share your experience with us.