Improper workplace organization can lead to body distortion, straining and discomfort, experts say.
Create a comfortable and healthy workspace using suggestions from Andrew Carlstrom, an ergonomics and job-analysis program manager. 1. Your computer monitor should sit at eye-level, or an inch or two higher. Your elbows should be able to relax at 90-degree angles at your side.
2. Adjust your chair to sit with your feet flat on the floor. If this is not possible, use a footrest.
3. Keep your hips at an angle greater than 90 degrees to increase blood flow to your legs.
4. For every hour of sedentary work, take a short break to stretch at your desk, stand up, or briefly walk around.
5. Consider using ergonomic software. These programs stop your computer at timed intervals and lead you through scheduled breaks, exercises and stretching.