Sitting down seems like the most natural thing in the world, right? Not the kind of thing you should educate yourself on. However, the way you’re sitting right now could be harmful to your health.
Sitting still for long periods has a negative impact on health anyway, as it causes the muscles to seize up over time due to inactivity. Yet in addition to those general problems, the way you sit at your desk could cause very specific damage to your muscles and joints.
Before we look at exactly how should sit at your desk for optimum comfort and health, let’s take a look at why sitting can be bad for your body.
The problem with sitting incorrectly
Sitting too close to your monitor, or failing to take regular breaks from the screen, can cause eye strain. Over time this can lead to headaches, including migraines.
If you’re straining to look up or down at your monitor, you could be putting undue strain on your neck. This can also lead to headaches, as well as injuries like cervical disc herniation.
If you have to stretch your arms out to reach your keyboard, phone or other items, you’re constantly causing your shoulders to rotate forward. Over time this leads to diminished strength in your upper back.
Your wrists should be level to your keyboard, but if you’re tilting your wrists up or down to type, you could be storing up problems for the future.
Many of us cross and uncross our legs over the course of the day, but if you do it often, you can restrict blow flow. This is why you often find you have pins and needles when you get up from your desk.
Okay, so how do you resolve this?
It’s actually really easy – make a lot of little changes. Shift your monitor up or down until it’s eye height. Check and adjust your chair so that your knees are bent at 90 degrees with your feet flat on the floor.
Ensure that your arms are bent at the elbow at 90 degrees as well, with your wrists straight and comfortably reaching the keyboard. Don’t use the riser tabs at the back – if anything, your keyboard should be tilted down, away from you.
Don’t lean forward as you work – your back should be comfortably straight. Sitting with the back too straight can be as bad as slouching – allow your back to rest naturally in line with its natural curve.
Sit more comfortably with NEXT DAY Elements Desks
Of course, some of these adjustments are just impossible with the wrong desk. Since your health actually depends on it, why not upgrade your desk with something from the Next Day Elements Desks range?
Next Day Elements Desks are part of capsule range of classic office furniture that are simple and practical. They’ll never go out of fashion but are built to last. With extra storage add-ons such as pedestals and bookcases, you could use the opportunity to keep your desk clear too.
Check out the full range here and talk to our sales advice team for more help.