Your posture affects everything you do! How you walk, sit, move, breathe, and so much more! Better posture at work means increased productivity, more focused, less back pain, and less headaches.
Here are a few simple steps you can do to have better posture at work.
- Align Your Head – Rule of thumb is having your ears in line with your shoulders is proper posture for your head. Forward head posture can result in tight muscles in your neck and possibly headaches.
- Stretch Your Shoulders – Hunched desk posture leads to tightened chest muscles and restricted air ways. You can regularly stretch you shoulders to help relax your shoulder muscles.
- Look up! – Keep your monitor centered in front of your body. Adjust your chair or desk so you are not looking downward at your computer and to prevent neck strain.
- Don’t Slouch – Slouching also tightens your chest muscles and can reduce strength in your upper back muscles. Keeping your computer at eye level can help reduce slouching.
- Exercise and Stretch – Long hours sitting at a desk with little to no breaks can lead to shortened hip flexor muscles. Try to get exercise outside of work and stretch your hips at home. If you can, take walking breaks throughout the day.
- Keep Wrists Flat – Maintain a flat keyboard surface and keep your wrists about the keyboard when typing. Occasionally roll out your wrists to reduce tightness.
- Sit Upright & Move Your Feet – Crossing your legs at your desk can lead to poor circulation and misalignments in your spine. Sit up straight with your feet flat on the floor and move your feet frequently in increase blood flow.
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