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Advice for sitting at your desk

Did you know that sitting causes more stress to the body than standing?

Standing upright has a pressure of 100kg to the back, where as sitting upright has a pressure of almost 150kg. that’s a 50% increase! So it’s a common misconception that sitting is puts less strain on your back. Lying down face up is the lowest stress to the back.

Sitting in a chair, car or on a couch for a large parts of the day, leaning too far forward to look at a computer monitor or slouching, may cause neck and back aches, stiffness and cartilage compression. This can impair your effectiveness and productivity as well as your health and wellbeing.

While a healthy spine has a slight S-shaped curve, the majority of us slouch into a C-shape when sitting at our desks.

  • Take short 1-2 minute stretch breaks every 20-30 minutes. After each hour of work, take a break or change tasks for at least 5-10 minutes. Always try to get away from your computer during lunch breaks .
  • Avoid eye fatigue by resting and refocusing your eyes periodically. Look away from the monitor and focus on something in the distance.
  • Rest your eyes by covering them with your palms for 10-15 seconds.
  • Use correct posture when working. Keep moving as much as possible.

Laptop and Computer Ergonomics

Here’s a little cartoon to help us sit properly at the computer


10 September 2013

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Poor posture can cause back, neck and shoulder pain and negatively impact your effectiveness. Leaning too far forward to look at a computer monitor or slouching can cause neck and back aches, stiffness and cartilage compression.


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