First things first, when your new chair arrives, put it together yourself. Tackling the assembly process will help you master your office chair and it's features. In addition, if your chair ever has a problem, you'll likely know how to fix it!
Take the time to read the owner's manual from cover to cover. Don't worry, we won't make you try to read the Chinese version that's likely included! That being said, the manual offers everything you need to know for proper office chair operation and maintenance.
As you go through the manual, take a highlighter to the important sections that cover chair functions. You can also type up a list of the important chair levers and what they do. Post it within eyesight of your computer screen. Rest assured, during the first couple of weeks with your new chair you'll be adjusting regularly. The list of reminders will help you avoid the need to constantly pull out the manual to remember what function a certain lever performs.
Overtime, you'll commit your chair operations to memory. You'll be adjusting quickly and efficiency at a moments notice. No matter what, don't take a "set it and forget it approach". This type of ergonomic complacency never leads to improved functionality and comfort.
In the long run, the office chair is only as good as it's owner. It's important to note that even the most expensive ergonomic task chair won't be able to live up to it's potential without it's user taking the time to form good posture habits.
If you're looking for simple ways to improve office chair posture, you're in luck! We're going to cover the top 3 to get you started. In addition to the tips highlighted below, make yet another list to post within eyesight of your workstation. Studies have shown that this simple practice yields big time results. As posture tips are tough to remember during those busy days in the office, seeing those reminders will keep them fresh in your mind.
Basic Posture Tips:
- Keep your back in contact with the chair at all times. Each time you lean away from your chair back, you're missing out on the key support needed to keep you operating effectively for long periods of time.
- Keep your feet flat and facing forward. Don't use the base of your chair as a footrest. This restricts blood flow that can lead to cramps and muscle fatigue that hinders performance.
- Raise monitors to eye level. Looking down at your screens when typing causes neck pain, physican strain, and visual fatigue.
Even with a plethora of good ergonomic tips and strategies committed to memory, you'll still want to avoid sitting for long periods of time. This poor practice can actually shorten your life span. Needless to say, taking short breaks is a big deal. Stand up from your office desk and walk around a bit. Stretch out those muscles and get a drink of water to help you stay hydrated. Even during the most busy days, force yourself to take at least one 5 to 10 minute break every hour.