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Stuck at a Desk? 8 Tips for Staying Healthy

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Ideally, your keyboard should be set at a height that lets your elbows hang, your shoulders stay down and relaxed, and your wrists level.

If you can’t lower your keyboard, try raising your chair and getting a footrest. Just be sure you adjust your monitor height if you end up sitting higher.

5) Fix your posture

When you come back to your chair, make sure you at least start out with good posture. Sitting at a desk all day, especially in front of a computer, can lock you into one uncomfortable position for hours on end. Remind yourself to move around and change position from time to time.

If you find yourself leaning forward or pointing your chin toward your computer screen, you might be sitting too far from the monitor or you may have the print size too small. If your neck is tense from leaning forward, relax it by tucking your chin into your throat to help realign your neck and spine.

6) Protect your vision

Trying to read small type on your monitor can lead to squinting which in turn leads to tired eyes and headaches. Take advantage of your technology to make the type bigger, either for the whole computer or for documents you spend a lot of time working on.

It’s also important to think about blinking. We all blink automatically. But if you are like most people, you blink less when you are looking at a computer screen. This can make your eyes both tired and dry.

Post a note where you’ll be sure to see it reminding yourself to blink more.

7) Look away from the computer

Use the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a much deserved break. Set an alarm for 20 minutes and when it goes off, look way from the screen to a distance of about 20 feet for 20 seconds. Then reset the alarm before you go back to work.

8) Give your eyes a break

When it’s break time, give your eyes a rest by staying away from your phone or other screens for at least a few minutes. After work, spend some time enjoying the scenery outside your window before you curl up in front of the TV.

Don’t let your computer or desk hold you hostage.

Pure Wow. 8 Things You Need to Do If You Sit at a Computer All Day. Web. March 2, 2016. 

Time. 5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit at a Computer All Day. John Patrick Pullen. Web. March 2, 2016.

CBS News. Too much sitting raises risk of death, even if you exercise. Web. March 2, 2016. 

MedicineNet. How to Set Up Your Keyboard and Mouse at Your Computer. Web. March 2, 2016.


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