Check your posture
Your working environment is set up and ready to go, what's next?
It's important to pay close attention to your working position as you adjust to your new set-up. While sitting at your desk, monitor your body positioning throughout the day and make a conscious effort to correct any poor posture and sitting habits. Slouching isn't good, and you'll want to reduce the risk of developing pain or discomfort.
Look out for, and correct, these examples of bad posture:
- Sitting in a poorly adjusted chair
- Slouching in your chair
- Sitting rotated at your computer
- Leaning forward or hunching over your keyboard
- Looking down at your mobile phone
- Angling your head up, if your screen is too high
- Using your shoulder and your ear to support a phone, to free up your hands – if you frequently use a phone for work, try using a headset instead. Using a wireless headset can also give you more ability to get up and move around during phone calls.
Tip: Frequent stretching can help improve your posture and loosen stiff muscles. Try some exercises to strengthen your back and chest, like planks, bridges and chest stretches. Our friends at Nuffield Health have been chatting with their personal trainers, creating fitness plans for those at home.