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9 Ergonomic Tips for Sitting at the Computer

9 Ergonomic Tips for Sitting at the Computer

What hurts you when you sit at your computer? My bodyís aches and pains changed for the better when I bought myself a desk chair that was ergonomically designed. The purchase made all the difference in the world, since like many of us I spend hours and hours every single day sitting at a computer.

Here are nine tips for pain-free and ergonomic computer workstation setups:

1. For your chair, choose a five-legged base on casters for stability.

2. Make sure your chair is on a carpet or chair mat.

3. A swivel chair makes multiple tasks easy.

4. Get one with an adjustable height.

5. Does the chair have a backrest adjustment? Your lower back should be flush against the back of the chair. If you donít have enough support for your lower back you can buy lumbar cushions.

6. Place the computer monitor 28 inches from your body, to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields.

7. Adjust the resolutions to your monitor to be easier on your eyes. Maybe if the screen is darker it feels better. Flat-panel monitors have less flicker.

8. Donít raise the back of your keyboard so that you tilt your wrists. Consider an adjustable keyboard tray. You want your forearms to be parallel to (level with) the ground.

9. Consider a mouse with a scrolling wheel in the middle of it, to save dragging the mouse around with your hand.

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By Annie B. Bond

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2:30AM PDT on Sep 16, 2012

Good post, thanks for sharing.

10:44AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012


12:01PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thanks for the tips.

7:17AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

good reminders

6:55AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

aren't laptops less ergonomic by design?

5:22AM PST on Dec 30, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:05AM PST on Dec 30, 2011

Thank you for the suggestions.

6:26PM PST on Dec 29, 2011

thank you.

10:18AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thank you

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