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Infographic: How To Sit At Your Desk

Do you know that more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting – watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits? [1]

Science also has proven that prolonged sitting is one of the contributing factors for health issues such as lower-back pain, pain in legs and shoulders and slow metabolism.

You might be wondering about daily exercise. However, the study showed the same adverse effects of prolonged sitting on those who exercise daily.

Standing desks offer a solution to this problem, but they are not trendy and not in office norms. So how one can reduce the ill-effects of sitting?

This infographic from Business Insider suggests some tweaks to your desk set-up and posture that can help you become healthy, happy and avoid the scary consequences of prolonged sitting.

Recommended Reading: 12 Office Desk Hacks to Improve Your Productivity & Performance

It’s not always that you should always be sitting upright at 90 degrees, but it depends on what you are doing with your hands. You should be sitting in the position that makes you relax and do your work without affecting your health. That typically means using the below-mentioned points discussed in the infographic.

Make sure your monitor is an arm’s length away from you.

→ You must have your eyes in line with the computer screen, especially with the position you focus most (top or bottom)

→ It’s OK to cross legs every once in a while for more comfort but make sure to sit with your legs uncrossed. This will help you keep healthy and will not take much space. 🙂

→ Make your back comfortable by sitting upright on the chair. This way you can fix your hunchback posture that leads to back pain and stiffness.

→ To relax your eyes, remind yourself to blink. To prevent eye strain, you should follow the 20:20:20 rule. i.e., every 20 minutes spent using a screen; you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds. [2]

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Keep moving!

References:

[1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/much-sitting-linked-heart-disease-diabetes-premature-death-201501227618
[2] https://www.healthline.com/health/eye-health/20-20-20-rule

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