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Hey you! Not to sound like your mom here, but don't slouch! If you've been on your feet all day selling, the last thing you want to do is sit ramrod straight at your desk, right? Whether you're cubicle-jockeying your way through the day's quota or taking a break between sales, there's an important message here. The way you sit can actually affect the way you feel the entire rest of the day.
Sitting is something we take for granted – butt, meet chair – but the way you sit can affect your mood, health, and even outlook every day. It’s even got a fancy name, ergonomics.
What ergonomics isn’t:
Mama Said It Best
Go ahead, slouch. It feels soooooooo good. But not to all parts of your body. Your stomach is getting squashed, your neck is overextended, and your spine is totally out of alignment. So all those times that Mom told you to sit up straight, she was right. She was gently prodding you to maintain what the University of California, San Francisco calls a “neutral posture.” Neutral posture is win-win, because you don’t have to exert much effort to maintain it, but it also primes your body so that its organs and structures can perform their functions with the least possible strain.
Two on the Floor
Why is arranging your office chair to enable you to sit comfortably with your feet flat on the floor the recommended way of ergonomists? Cross your legs right now and notice how your hips are out of alignment with the rest of your body, and your thighs are squished together, smashing blood flow between the two. One of your shoulders may even be lower than the other. That’s no way to go about the day! Two feet on the floor, suggested by experts such as those at Tennessee Tech University, sets your legs free and puts your body back into that easy but aligned position.
Imagine there’s a laser pointer on your forehead. Now look at your computer monitor. Is the laser beam pointing at an upward angle? Down? Straight in front of you? The University of California, Riverside’s ergonomics experts suggest that your computer screen should sit at a slight downward angle. When it’s up too high, you hold your neck – for 8 or more hours! – at a very straining position. Just for a moment, point your chin up in the air like you’re a seal balancing a ball. (Admit it – sometimes your job tasks make you feel like that trained seal.) While you’d never choose to do this, when your computer is configured that way, your body unfortunately does it gradually, until you’re doing it constantly, under the radar.
Save Money and Yourself
The biggest benefit of office ergonomics may be to your bottom line. While there certainly are products that cater to ergonomic efforts, such as specialty chairs and keyboard wrist rests, you can accomplish quite a lot toward ergonomic success without spending a dime. It’s all in how you configure your existing setup – and yourself! Encourage your fellow employees to do so too, and you may see fewer trips to the doctor, chiropractor, and pharmacist!
So you’ve adjusted your chair, settled your computer monitor, started holding better posture positions and you’re still not feeling tip top? We have some other ideas to soothe your moods. We developed a free soul-nourishing Cookbook eBook, available right here. I created it for office managers (the original target of our educational post), but think you may enjoy it too! Share it with your admins, bring it home to the family, and let me know what you think!
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