How often have you found yourself sitting at your desk for long periods of time and finding aches and pains starting to set into your neck, back and shoulders? It is more common than you think amongst people who regularly work at a desk and is likely to become even more of a problem as more and more people work from home. It is well documented that home workers actually tend to put in more hours that those who travel to an office, are more productive with their time and take less sick days. These are all great positives both for the individual and for the companies that they work for. However, this can sometimes lead to those individuals spending more time sitting at their desk and taking less breaks.
In order to help combat the issues that can arise from sitting for long periods of time there is an optimum way for you to be sitting at your desk. Of course this very much depends on you having the right chair and looking at Next day delivery office desks from companies like Bestbuyofficechairs and getting your workspace set up right.
Once you have the right furniture and your workspace set up correctly you will want to make sure that you posture is correct and here is a quick guide to the optimum way to sit at your desk.
- Make sure your pelvis is in a neutral position that allows your back to be supported by the natural curvature of the chair. If you find that you have a gap in your lower back area you should use a lumbar support to counteract this. You also need to avoid the temptation to slouch in your chair.
- Sitting with your shoulders and hips in alignment with one another also helps to prevent stress and strains occurring in these areas. This is where swivel office chairs come in handy as you can turn your entire upper body rather than shifting just from your waist or shoulders.
- Your knees should be at a 90 degree angle to the floor and they should be in alignment with your hips. This may require you to move your chair either up or down and you might also need to use a floor riser if you can not get your feet comfortably flat on the floor in this position.
- Your weight distribution across you hips and buttocks should be even on both sides and you should avoid leaning to one side and this can lead to strains and sprains and even problems with your discs further down the line.
- Your forearms should be placed on your desk in front of you and resting on the arms of your chair if appropriate and should be parallel with the floor.