Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's Summertime! Get Outside!

Posted by Kay at 2:05 PM

It's a gorgeous day out here in New York, warm 89 degree weather and the sun has been shining all day long. And how did I spend this beautiful day you ask?
Staying on this computer all day! My neck and shoulders are killing me! I'm planning on going to the beach in an hour to get some relaxation. Here are some tips for posture while using your computer.

Posture & Positioning

  1. The first step to better posture at a desk is to alter your chair to the right height for computer work. Your feet should be flat on the floor, your thighs parallel to the ground, knees forming a 90 degree angle.
  2. Second, adjust your computer to level your eyes with the top of your monitor. Tilt the monitor at an angle of approximately 15 degrees for an optimal neck position that will not strain your spine. For the sake of your eyes, be positive that you are sitting far enough from the screen so that there is at least 20 inches of space between your face and the monitor.
  3. Pull the keyboard tray out towards you, level with the height of your elbows when your arms hang loose at your side. In order to protect your elbows and shoulders, make certain never to reach forward to type. Maintain a right angle in the elbow joint.

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For The Back

  • If you are presumable to lower back pain, you may find that a durable cushion positioned in the small of the back gives you the support you need.
  • Try putting a wedge-shaped block under your feet to raise your toes slightly upwards.

For The Wrists

  • While using the mouse, move from the shoulder instead of the wrist.
  • Avoid wrist pads that create a bend in the wrist.
  • Keep wrists flat, forearms stiff and parallel to the floor.
  • Use reinforced wrist braces if it is needed.


Remember to take breaks and get moving. Instead of going straight from sitting at your desk to sitting in the break room, take time to stretch your limbs, rotating each joint slowly, several times different directions. Don't ignore your sore spots!

3 comments on "It's Summertime! Get Outside!"

itrade on August 5, 2009 at 1:35 AM said...

Hello kay,

Interesting article you have written and it is time to go out and play I guess.

For all the time and effort you might want more people to drop by, I propose that you showcase your blog at http://profitsbuzz.com/forum/show-case/ perhaps you would get more people to drop by.

Ching Ya on August 5, 2009 at 3:52 AM said...

I think who ever is working on computers for more than 2 hours shall read this. As for bloggers, we ought to have training for this! lol..

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Kay on August 12, 2009 at 12:04 AM said...

Thanks guys! :)

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