Here’s a riddle: What do your driver’s seat and your office chair have in common?
Answer: They both should guide your body into a neutral position, with your shoulders relaxed, your feet flat on the floor, and your vertebrae supported.
So says CNET’s resident how-to expert, Sharon Vaknin, in her latest article How to Set Up an Ergonomic Workstation, which details 10 effective ways to look after your ergonomic health. As well as posture, Vaknin also provides tips on positioning your screen, mouse, ergonomic keyboard and chair, and recommends a few good ways to get moving throughout the day.
1. Get a comprehensive eye exam.
2. Use proper lighting.
3. Minimize glare.
4. Upgrade your display.
5. Adjust your computer display settings.
6. Blink more often.
7. Exercise your eyes.
8. Take frequent breaks.
9. Modify your workstation.
10. Consider computer eyewear.
Some of these tips may be surprising—did you know, for instance, that you shouldn’t use those little legs on your keyboard? Turns out, doing so means a quick route to carpal tunnel. We highly recommend the article as a quick and easy way to jumpstart your ergonomic habits, starting with your ergonomic workstation.