We spend roughly 13 hours per day sitting, according to a survey commissioned by Ergoton. We spend most of that time sitting at work at a workstation or desk. Our posture and the ergonomics of the set up has a great impact on our posture and health in general. Since you are going to be sitting at a desk all day, you may as well ensure that it is set up in such a way that you are comfortable and not causing any permanent damage to your spine.
Remove chunky jewellery if you are typing for long periods as this could cause injury to your wrist. Place your screen or laptop on top of a document holder, book, paper or any other platform, so that the top of the monitor is roughly at eye level. You don’t want to look down at your screen all day. Lastly, the monitor should be roughly arm’s length away from you.
It is further recommended that you get up at least every two hours if you are sitting for long periods of time. It is actually better to get up and take a walk every hour, just to keep the blood flowing and avoiding stiffness in the back and legs.
There is a challenge with using a tablet though, due to its size, it has not been easy to find a way to set it up in an ergonomic way. Most of us slouch over it while it is flat on the desk surface, or we have a flimsy case that props it up in front of us. These are not ideal situations and you will find yourself with a stiff neck soon. So what is the solution?
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