It is easy to develop poor posture because of the sedentary lifestyle many in the western world live. Poor posture can lead to all sorts of problems, particularly in the back and knees. Improving your posture, painlessly, is critical to ensuring tha t you don't suffer these problems in the years to come.
It’s pretty simple mathematics, really. The average worker spends as much as eight hours a day in front of the computer – at the very least, at the desk. That amounts to as much one third of your life; twenty years at the very least. And here’s the thing – if you spend twenty years of your life sitting in a posture that is apt to harm your body, you are setting yourself up for trouble.
Doing simple things right over a long period of time can keep your body in good shape. On the other hand, ignoring simple things over a prolonged period can land various parts of your body in real trouble.
So the next time you sit in front of your computer, do try and keep these things in mind:
1. Try and keep your back as straight as possible: Slouching in your chair may be more comfortable right now, but it is doing nothing good for your spine in the long run. Try and keep you back as straight as possible, and make use of the various levers that most modern office chairs come with. Also try and give yourself a break every now and then; stand up, stretch and walk around a bit. Watch your back, in other words.
2. Keep the monitor at eye level: Your eyes are going to be watching that flickering screen for hours on end. It’s only good sense to make it as easy as possible for them. One way you can do this is by keeping the monitor at approximately the same level as your eyes. Not only does this make it easier to read, but it also helps reduce the strain on your neck
3. Elbows wide apart: The narrower the gap between your elbows, the more uncomfortable your seating position. Take care to ensure that your elbows are comfortably spaced apart, and not bent at an unnatural angle. This will help you maintain a comfortable seating position for longer hours.
Remember, you spend almost one-third of your life at your desk. Making that time as comfortable as possible for yourself will only help you in the long run. Do take care of your posture!