Poor posture has lasting effects that can have significantly alter the quality of life. Today we will review the important keys to correct posture. It is somewhat akin to dieting, we all know what we should do but we still do not do to. (How many people know they should not cross their legs but still do?)
The keys to proper posture:
Make sure your chair fits correctly. There should be 2 inches between the front edge of the seat and the back of your knees. Ideally the chair should tilt back so you can rest while you are reading what’s on the computer screen.
Sit with your knees at approximately a 90 to 120 degree angle. Using an angled foot rest to support your feet may help you sit more comfortably.
Position your computer monitor so the top of the screen is at or below eye level, and make sure you have adequate lighting.
Make sure there is no glare; use an antiglare screen if necessary.
Keep your wrists in the neutral position, not angled up or down, while you type. A wrist rest can help you keep a more neutral wrist posture. Keep your elbow angle within a 70 to 135 degree range.
Take periodic breaks, Clench you hands in a fist and move your hands like this: 10 circles in, then 10 circles out. Put your hands in a praying position and squeeze for 10 seconds, then “pray” with the backs of your hands together, fingers pointed downward for 10 seconds. Spread your fingers apart and then close them one by one.
Do the “hug your best friend” stretch a couple of times. Stand and wrap your arms around your body and turn as far as you can to the left, then to the right.
Now that we know what we should do, how many of us are going to follow these instructions? Let us know!