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Ways to Maintain Correct Posture While Sitting at Your Desk

Correct Posture

Here are some examples of the correct posture to have while sitting at a desk:

1. Sit up straight: Keep your back straight and aligned with the backrest of your chair. Avoid slouching or leaning forward excessively.

2. Position your chair correctly: Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet are flat on the floor, and your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Use a footrest if necessary to support your feet.

3. Keep your shoulders relaxed: Allow your shoulders to relax and avoid hunching or raising them. They should be in a neutral, natural position.

4. Align your head and neck: Keep your head aligned with your neck and avoid tilting or craning it forward. The top of your computer monitor should be at eye level, so you don't strain your neck by looking down or up too much.

5. Support your lower back: Place a cushion or a small pillow behind your lower back to maintain its natural curve and provide lumbar support. Alternatively, you can use a chair with built-in lumbar support.

6. Position your arms and wrists properly: Your forearms should be parallel to the floor, and your elbows should be at a 90-degree angle. Rest your arms on the desk or use armrests, keeping your wrists straight and relaxed. Avoid excessive bending or extending of the wrists.

7. Maintain proper keyboard and mouse position: Position your keyboard and mouse close to you so that you don't have to stretch your arms. Your wrists should be in a neutral position while typing or using the mouse.

8. Take regular breaks: Even with correct posture, it's important to take short breaks every 30 minutes to an hour. Stand up, stretch, and walk around to relieve any built-up tension.

Remember, maintaining good posture is an ongoing effort, and it's easy to slip into bad habits. Regularly check in with yourself to ensure you're maintaining proper posture throughout the day.

Anne Burgard

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