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Computer workstation tips: staying healthy while working

January 31, 2013

The invention of computers and the Internet revolutionized how people do work. Instead of using phone calls and traveling to different offices to get the work done, people today just sit in front of their computers all day. This is unhealthy and can even be dangerous.

Meditrenz.com lists four negative effects of prolonged computer usage: visual fatigue, position fatigue, repeated-movements fatigue, and mental fatigue. These effects affect both personal life and work performance, and must be alleviated by proper exercise and the science of ergonomics.

 

 

However, not all people want to exercise because they lack the time, and not all offices provide ergonomic workplaces because ergonomically designed office furniture and fixtures can be a bit expensive. In those cases, people can just follow these few tips to alleviate the negative effects of prolonged sitting and computer use:

Stretching can go a long way. There are some easy-to-do stretching exercises that people can do in their own seats: leg extensions, neck stretches, shoulder rolls and stretches, arm stretches, ankle rolls, and abdominal contractions.

 

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Proper posture can alleviate back problems. Back pains and muscle cramps associated with prolonged computer use can easily be prevented with having the correct posture. The back should be straight, feet should be flat on the ground, and wrists should not be twisted at an uncomfortable position to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

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Image Source: theatlantic.com

 

Taking breaks is important. Everybody needs a break once in a while. This is especially true for people who work in front of a computer all day. Standing up and moving around are very effective ways to reintroduce blood circulation to the legs.

 

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Image Source: lifehacker.com.au

 

The computer is a technological wonder. However, its excessive usage can cause problems. As with all things, moderation is key.

For more information, visit the Satori World Medical website.

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