The human body was not designed to be inactive for eight hours straight every day. On the contrary, for the bigger part of the day, we should be engaged in some kind of physical activity. However, for most of us in these modern times, this is impossible. Therefore, the least we can do is to get informed about the various health drawbacks and do our best to improve our working environment. The field of science that deals with improving the work conditions is called ergonomics.
Below we will go over three key ergonomic pieces of furniture that can significantly improve your posture and with that reduce the negative impact of prolonged sitting on your health. More specifically, we will talk about how you can make your office environment actually work for you.
An ergonomically designed chair can provide you with high level of comfort and support. The most important features to look for when choosing the ideal office chair for creating your ergonomic office setup include:
- Comfortable cushion;
- Arm rests;
- Adjustable seat height;
- Adjustable back rest height;
- Lumbar support.
The next thing you should dedicate extra amount of attention to is the office desk. It is true that there is a wide variety of office desks available on the market that come in a range of design, material and structure specifications, however, this doesn’t mean that they will fit perfectly in your ergonomic office setup. To choose the right desk, the most important factors you need to take into consideration are the option to adjust its height according to your personal preference, the width and the additional features such as the keyboard tray and monitor stand.
There are various ergonomic accessories available on the market. What’s common about all the different ergonomic accessories is that they are designed to increase comfort and help in improving posture. Some of the accessories that can help you get the most out of your office setup are:
- Monitor accessories (arms, stands, risers, etc.);
- Laptop accessories (laptop stand and riser);
- Ergonomic body support accessories (back support, lumbar support, neck support, forearm support, wrist rest, mouse wrist rest, foot and leg rests, ergonomic seat cushions and so on).
Now that you gained more knowledge on this particular topis, it is up to you to decide whether you will implement it and invest in what matters most to you – your health. Although this type of furniture is more expensive, it is a small price to pay in the light of its numerous benefits.