Office Ergonomics 101: Making your technology work for you

August 29th, 2012

Ergonomics is defined as "the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system." In other words, ergonomics is designing your environment to best meet your needs and optimal health.

The More You Sit, the Sooner You May Die!

According to a report by the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, those who sit for most of the day were 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks. Further, people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs. As soon as you sit the electrical activity in your leg muscles shuts off, calorie burning drops to 1 per minute, enzymes that help break down fat drop 90 percent; and as a result sitting ultimately leads to weight gain and health complications.

One great way to combat the damages of sitting and poor-ergonomics is taking a break every 30 minutes. Try a few quick, office-friendly stretches; or take a walk around your office to get the blood flowing back in your legs. Most importantly, don't let your technology run your life – make it work for you.

Tips For a Better Work Environment

So when you are sitting, it's important to do it correctly to prevent further damages. Do you ever feel your back ache as you hunch over your desk? Do your hands tingle after hours of typing? You don't have to be a slave to your computer! Follow these tips to for the ultimate ergonomically-correct workstation:

  • Make sure your chair provides proper support for your lower back and can adjust to accommodate your height and size
  • Keep your trunk perpendicular to the floor, never curving your spine too much to the front or back
  • Keep your forearms, wrists and elbows in a straight line and free from strain, and position your mouse near your keyboard to minimize unnecessary and unnatural reaching
  • Try an ergonomic keyboard that enhances your experience by making the way you type, navigate and interact with your content easier and more natural
  • Situate the top of your screen at or below eye level to avoid tilting your neck and curving your spine; optimize your screen setting such as brightness and contrast to avoid eye strain

The IOGEAR team may love technology more than the average person, but we also care about physical health. What steps do you take to your office lifestyle more health-friendly? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.

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