Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. If you’re lucky, you have a nice home office — but if you’re like me, rather than office desks and chairs, you’re working at sofas, fragile wooden chairs and a kitchen tables. As a result, you could see some devastating impacts on your body. Many of us are starting to feel stiff and sore, no matter how many online workout classes we do. If working from home is ruining your posture, here’s how to fix it.
Work on a laptop stand:
You want to look straight ahead while you are working. If you’re working on a kitchen or dining room table, one of the most important things you can do is elevate your laptop so that the top of the monitor is at eye level.
Get a keyboard and mouse:
The worst posture issues come from hunching over a laptop to type. Try to have your wrists in line with your forearms when typing. Adjust your desk and keyboard tray height so that your keyboard and mouse are level or slightly below elbow height.
Move around every half hour:
Get up and stretch to avoid back pain and alleviate discomfort. Do not work eight hours on your sofa. Your sofa is the worst place for you to work for a prolonged period of time and doesn’t provide much support. Not only will your posture immediately worsen, the perception of comfort can stop you from moving around as much.
Have a footrest:
Having a footrest pushes you back in your chair so your back is supported. Feet should be on a footrest while the hips, knees and ankles are at 90 degrees while seated.
Try out these tips and tricks for a better work from home experience. I hope they work for you!