This Washington Post Article provides some great tips for easily creating a more ergonomic work space. Generally, the primary benefit of an ergonomic work environment is that it assists workers in correcting posture which prevents the types of aches pains which tend to nag people, such as neck, back, shoulder, and hip pain. In conjunction with reduced aches and pains, improved posture also facilitates more biomechanical efficiency.
“One of the things that separates elite athletes from the rest of us is that they move efficiently, Fidler says. Top athletes can generate twice the force with the same body. Or they might use half the energy to stand up straight. In other words, they can use the remaining energy for the task at hand, such as winning an NBA title.”
Achieving postural integrity and biomechanical efficiency are two of the core tenets of Pilates. In addition to a Pilates class, try these tips for creating a more ergonomic work environment:
- Sit/lean back in chair, remind yourself to maintain a lumbar curve.
- Keyboard placement should allow for straight wrists and elbow at sides while typing
- Place monitor so that it allows good neck posture, not too high, not too low, straight ahead. Hint, most laptops sit too low, shortening the anterior neck muscles and lengthening the posterior neck muscles.
- Move around! Don’t stay in one position for too long.