If you have a desk job, then you understand how challenging it can be to sit up straight for an entire 8 hour workday. Over time, people who have a desk job find that their posture deteriorates and they may end up with back pain, shoulder problems, or carpal tunnel. While one does not typically think much about their posture while they are working, it is something that is important to notice and figure out a way to improve so that you do not suffer the long run. This article will discuss some budget-friendly ways to correct your posture while sitting at a computer. Many think that improving posture at your computer is easy and not expensive and this can be true if you take your time researching the proper tools to help your specific needs.
- Footstools or footrests. You may not have a footstool or a footrest currently and you do not need to worry about investing in one if you do not have the funds to do so. While a good footrest can cost less than $20, there are likely items around the office that you can use to serve as a footstool or resting place. Get creative and find a box or something that will allow for your feet to be positioned in a way that provides good lumbar support to your spine. If a footrest does not sound appealing to you, try sitting with your feet flat on the ground. Having feet flat on the ground is a sign of good posture.
- Reposition your monitor and keyboard. Sometimes the strain on your shoulders and neck happen because your monitor or keyboard are situated in a way that makes it hard to easily maneuver your head and body when working. Something as simple as changing the monitor will help you reposition your head and will keep you from slouching. Always remember to keep your monitor at eye level. The same rule goes for your keyboard. Your hands and arms should be able to lay flat on the desk. If they feel strained in any way, this could be that they are not getting the support that they need and you will need to reposition your keyboard. This tip does not cost you any money. It does, however, cost some patience and consistency in trying new positions to find exactly what works best for you.
- Stretch and reposition your body throughout the day. Sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day can be tiring and cause fatigue. It is a good idea to get up every hour and walk around the office, stretch your body, and get your blood flowing. By walking around the office, stretching your limbs, and committing to moving every hour, you will feel better and notice a difference in your posture.
Correcting your posture does not have to be an expensive endeavor. There are several ways that you can help your posture without spending a penny. Whether it be getting up every hour and walking around the office, stretching your body, adjusting your keyboard and monitor, or creating a makeshift footrest out of an old box in the office, there are many inexpensive ways to correct your posture while at your desk.