Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of lost time from work? Whether you’re sitting at a desk, operating machinery, or lifting objects all day, keeping a healthy back is important. Preventing back injuries is a matter of staying fit and practicing good posture.
I know that at only 32, I deal with chronic neck and back pain from a mere 10 years of sitting at a desk all day. Imagine what it would feel like at 20 years?
In my last year of working in communications, I was approved for a Varidesk stand up desk station and boy did it ever make a HUGE difference in my back pain!
We are all different. Some people have long arms, others have short torsos, others have long legs – our differences are endless, yet many of our workstations look exactly alike. If we spend several hours a day at our workstations, why not make them fit us?
Ergonomics is the science of work. It is possible to eliminate aches, pains, and stresses at work with proper ergonomics.
- Posture: Take frequent short breaks and stand up, carefully stretch, and walk around.
- Sitting: Your seat should be tilted forward slightly so the edge of the seat doesn’t dig into the back of your thigh. Your feet should be flat on the floor, directly beneath the knees.
- Eyes: Give your eyes frequent rests focusing them on a distant point. While looking as your monitor remember to blink
Fitter First (Active Office Equipment)
Ergonomics 101 (Video)
Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide (Mayo Clinic)
10 Office Ergonomics Tips to Help You Avoid Fatigue (Ergonomics Plus)