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How to Sit at Work

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Part of good ergonomic posture for working at a desk is how you sit. It's not yoga, but good practices will keep your body in better shape.

The "Shoulds" of Sitting at Work

  • You should sit in a relaxed, "neutral" position. This means a nice, happy medium- don't sit ramrod straight and don't slouch- somewhere in between. The natural curve of your back should be allowed for and supported.
  • Your arms should also be relaxed and never in an awkward or over-reaching position.
  • Your feet should sit flat on the ground, not cocked to reach the ground.
  • No part o you should have to overextend or bend in an unnatural position to work.

How to Sit Well

Here are few pointers on how to put these "shoulds" into practice.

  • Some of sitting the right way is developing better posture habits, such as not slouching.
  • Another option is docking your laptop and working from an adjustable, ergonomic-friendly desk and chair. Bending over a laptop and craning your neck to see the screen are not good for your body.
  • The right chair with adjustable arm rests will help you provide just the right amount of support. Similarly, a wrist rest can help keep your hands and wrists "neutral," thus avoiding repetitive stress injuries, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. You can even find wrist support that fits the actual keyboard.
  • If buying a new chair is out of the question, try back support and/or gel arm rest covers to your current chair.
  • Having an adjustable work space should get your feet flat on the ground. However, an additional (and comfortable) option is a foot rest that supports your feet and allows you a little wiggle room- literally.