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Why you need a Double Wide


You may not realize it, but you need a double wide...for your feet. Most workers complain of back pain and other aches and pains after sitting at a desk from 9-5pm 5 days a week. It's no wonder when most desks don't fit their users. As a result, most workers, and presumably you, strain all the wrong parts and bend awkwardly to make the desk work for you. The problem is that the desk never really ends up fitting, and by the end of the day, you're stiff and irritable. So, here's what you need to know about desk ergonomics from a bird's eye view:

  • You should be able to sit with your legs under the desk and your feet flat on the floor.
  • Your keyboard and mouse should sit right next to each other and on the same surface, while your monitor should be raised to eye level.
  • You should keep all important items within arms' reach so you don't have to strain to get to your stuff.
  • You should never cock your wrists as you type or mouse.

While there are many amazing ergonomic solutions, my new favorite is the double wide foot rest, and not just because it's a fantastic name. The double wide foot rest is great for allowing you a wider natural resting stance for your feet, so they can rest flat, thus alleviating unnecessary strain on your body. Plus, check out how cool it is...talk about office envy! Your double wide will be all the rage.

Adjusting Your Chair Can Restore Lost Energy!

Most computer users suffer from aches and pain on a regular basis. Sitting in one position all day, whether reading or working on a computer, puts pressure on your entire body. If this pressure is coupled with poor posture, it will quickly convert into pain and will drain you of precious energy. The goal while sitting should be to [...]

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How to Set Up a Home Office that Works

It's tricky getting your home office set up. Whether you're working a 9-5 job at home, juggling work and raising kids, or starting your own business, having your own space is essential in your ultimate success. Not surprisingly, space is usually an issue for most; fortunately, there are some creative ways to use [...]

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Guiltless Gifts You Can Give Yourself!

Christmas may have come and gone, but it's not too late to give yourself a little something. In fact, why not get what you really wanted for Christmas. Ties and socks are nice, and truly nothing beats a homemade gift from the kids, but none of that keeps you comfortable and injury-free at [...]

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Getting Rid of Shoulder Pain {Do You Need an Ergonomic Chair?}

Many computer users suffer from pain in their shoulders and necks. This pain is frequently triggered by poor posture and over worked muscles. A good, ergonomic chair may be the answer you need! The goal while typing is to minimize the work load for your muscles. In the best case, your arms, shoulders, neck and back should all remain relaxed [...]

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Finding Back Pain Relief

Does your back ache after a long day of work? Many people experience muscle tension and soreness from long hours sitting at desk. The most common cause of pain in the work place is poor posture. We slouch or twist our bodies into strange positions and are not even aware of the strain we place on our muscles until [...]

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Prevent Shoulder Pain with an Ergonomic Chair

Do you find your shoulders sore after a day in front of your computer? Shoulder pain is frequently triggered by poor posture and overuse of these muscle groups. We often sit in awkward positions for long periods of time while typing. These tips can help relieve pain by improving your posture and habits.Restore good posture at your desk. A good [...]

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Example of an Ergonomic Workstation

We frequently talk about working with good ergonomic principles and having a work space that really works for you. This is easier said than done, though. We know that. So we thought we'd high light the changes one reader told us about. He is a PhD student, a parish worker, and [...]

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How to Choose the Perfect Ergonomic Chair for You

So many people sit in front of a desk or computer for hours each day. While sitting may seem relaxing for a little while, long-term sitting can put strain on your body. Good posture at your computer, or while typing is the key to remaining relaxed throughout the day. And your chair is the most important tool you have [...]

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Designing an Ergonomic Work Station: Part 3

Designing Your Dream Ergonomic SpacePeople often go to Home Depot, Lowe's, or even IKEA to get creative, practical ideas and tips for their dream kitchens, bathrooms, and house projects. I frequently find myself dreaming about my ideal ergonomic set-up in the space I currently have. You see, I wasn't always a stay-at-home online [...]

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