Good posture – good health!

Posted on February 11, 2010

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Most Americans are now spending several hours sitting in front of a computer can lead to health consequences down the road. To help combat these issues the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released some guidance about the best posture to maintain when sitting at your computer. They suggest sitting in a neutral body position which will help reduce stress and strain on your muscles. Here are some tips for creating a neutral body position.

  • Keep your hands, wrists and forearms straight and approximately parallel to the ground.
  • Your hips and knees should be at around the same level.
  • Your feet should be slightly in front of your hips and knees.
  • Shoulders should be relaxed with arms hanging naturally at your sides.
  • Elbows should be close to your body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
  • Your back should be supported by a lumbar support when sitting vertically or leaning back slightly.

You should change your working position slightly during the day, as sitting in the same position for many hours is not healthy. You may want to consider taking a short walk and doing routine stretches. Depending on your chair’s design, you can also make small adjustments to help maintain comfort throughout the day.

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