Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Right Office Chair Is Only Half The Battle

Ergonomic Advice for 2016To put it simply, even the best office chair is only as good as it's owner. You have to be willing to master your chair's features and put them to good use. Without proper posture habits and sitting techniques, you'll be settling for a sub par operating experience. In today's post we'll tell you how to win the ergonomic battle in the workplace. The tips and tricks highlighted here will have you at peak performance levels in no time!

Start by creating a list of posture tips and reminders. Studies have shown, this simple practice yields big time results. Let's be honest, remembering every little posture tip and sitting technique is nearly impossible during a busy work day. Placing a list of simple reminders within view of your computer screen will keep the basic tips fresh in your mind. We've posted a few tips below to help get your list started.

  • Keep Back In Contact With Chair At All Times
  • Don't Hunch Over Keyboard Tray When Typing
  • Keep Feet Flat On Ground And Facing Forward
  • Compute At Correct Angles
  • Keep Computer Screens At Eye Level
  • Take Short Breaks To Avoid Falling Into Poor Posture Habits

Now it's time to get to know your office chair. Take the time to read the owners manual that came with your chair. You'll want to get familiar with every lever and knob to the point where you have their functions memorized. Don't take a "set it and forget it" approach. You have to be willing to adjust and adapt at a moments notice. Becoming complacent with your office chair position is a recipe for discomfort and fatigue.

All too often, computer and task chair operator's are afraid to adjust their chair. They feel they might loose a comfortable position and won't be able to get it back. We have to change our mindsets. Adjusting regularly ensures proper comfort during each and every task.

Make the most out of your office chair investment. Don't be afraid to adjust at a moments notice. In the long run, if you're scared to loose a "good operating position" you probably haven't mastered your chair features.

Office comfort starts with the chair, but it doesn't end with it! There are lot's of other ergonomic office products out there to help you in your battle against workplace discomfort. We highly recommend making the switch to an adjustable computer screen mount as soon as possible. The factory base that came with your computer is pretty basic. To operate correctly and efficiently, you'll need to raise your screen to eye level to avoid looking down at your screen to type. By simply raising your computer screen you'll be reducing visual and physical strain.

You'll also want to improve blood flow as much as possible. Extended sits will cause your muscles to stiffen up. This allows fatigue to set in! Be sure to take a 10 minute break every hour. Take the time to get up from your office desk and walk around. Stretch, hydrate, and return to your workstation rejuvenated. If taking short breaks is difficult, integrate sit to stand products. Sit to stand keyboard trays and workstations promote continuous movement in the workplace. They help promote good blood flow and make for a healthier work life.

A good office chair is only half the battle. If you want to improve your productivity, efficiency, and personal health in the workplace, you have to be willing to get the ball rolling. Write out a list of ergonomic goals for 2016. Tackle them one by one throughout the year. By 2017 you'll be a whole new you!
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