Good posture is the best way to avoid stiffness, pain and injury, as well as to promote effective circulation and breathing. The most central component of good posture is your spine position; most elements of posture are at least partly intended to avoid damaging imbalance and to keep pressure off your spine. But good posture is different depending on where you are and what you are doing. Here are the basic elements of posture for when you are sitting, standing or on the move while working at your Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation.
At Your Desk
Ideally, you should not spend your full workday in one position; it’s safer, healthier and more comfortable to shift between sitting and standing when you start to feel stiff or tired.
When you are sitting at a desk, you should sit straight up, not slouching or hunched forward—but not so straight that you iron out the natural curves of your spine. Your shoulders should be slightly back, and your knees should be bent so that your feet rest flat on the floor, or on a footrest, while being about the same height as your hips.
Avoid leaning or tilting your hips to one side or the other, and be careful not to fold your legs so that your hips are out of balance: this puts pressure on your hips and spine, and can cause a great deal of pain over time. Be sure that, when you turn in your chair, you are turning your whole body instead of just your shoulders and torso, which twists your spine repeatedly.
Standing to Work
While you are standing at your desk, you will naturally move around your workspace more and shift from one foot to the other. Pay attention to how you stand and try to form a habit of coming back to a good base posture after each movement. Set your feet about as far apart as your shoulders, and keep your weight forward on the balls of your feet (resting your full weight on your heels can lead to foot and ankle pain). Standing on the balls of your feet will also make it easier to keep yourself from unconsciously locking your knees.
If your keyboard is too high, you will hunch your shoulders up to comfortably reach the keyboard, but to avoid this, set up your workstation so that your arms can hang straight down from your shoulders until they bend at your elbows. Your screen should be level with your eyes so that you don’t have to crane your neck or tilt your head forward to see it; either position will put strain on your neck and spine.
On the Go
Posture isn’t just for sitting and standing still. Whether you drive or walk to and from work, maintain good posture while you are traveling.
When you are sitting in a car, keep the seatback up enough so that it can support your back. Make sure you are sitting far enough forward in order for you to reach the pedals and still have your knees bent; also, be sure to sit close enough to the steering wheel to avoid leaning forward, which could strain your back or shoulders when reaching for the wheel.
While you are walking, your shoulders should be even and not hunched forward. On the other hand, don’t throw your shoulders so far back that you restrict your breathing or strain your shoulder blades. Your head, similarly, should be neither too far back nor too far forward; avoid bending your neck and looking down as you walk, as this strains your neck and spine.
Working from a Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation.
For a large part of your day, your spine relies on good posture in your workspace. The Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation allows for you to easily and quickly shift from a sitting position to a standing one in order to alleviate any stress on your spine. To learn more, visit our product page or contact a representative with Uprite Ergo today.