Back and head aches, blurred vision or eye problems are some of the most common health issues caused by working for hours at the desk in front of a screen. Here are some tips on how you can avoid such health problems:
- Choose your chair carefully!
It might sound weird, but the quality of your chair is of utmost importance. You will ideally need a good quality task chair which offers a variety of features like height adjustability, moveable arms and strong lumbar support. The height of your chair should allow you to have a clear vision of the screen. The way you position yourself on the chair is important too: Make sure your feet are flat on the ground, with both legs at a 90-degree angle to the floor. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor, in order to avoid having problems with the lower back and legs. Your arms should be low enough for your shoulders not to be hunched up.
- Position your keyboard and monitor properly!
Your keyboard should be positioned slightly above the elbow height. You can adjust that by changing the height of your chair. Your wrists and elbows need to be in a relaxed, flat position, so the keyboard should be far enough from you, in order for this to happen. Your body should be centered and you should make sure the mouse is close enough to avoid stretching for it.
Your monitor or screen should be ideally positioned at a 90-degree angle to you and around 40-60 cm away from your face, depending on your eyesight requirements. The height should be so, that your line of vision is somewhere in the top third of the screen.