If, like me, you are becoming increasingly wary of what working long hours each day is doing to the health and wellbeing of your back, these tips from the British Chiropractic Association will help to relieve the aches, pains and potential long-term damage our poor posture and bad habits are causing.
1. Relax when sitting into your chair, making sure your bum is against the back of the seat with your shoulder blades touching the back rest of your chair.
2. Make sure your feet touch the floor, or use a foot rest.
3. Remove any obstacles from under your desk to ensure you have enough leg room.
4. There should be space between the front of your seat and the back of your calves.
5. Your hips should be higher than your knees. Tilt your seat, if needed.
6. Arms should be flat and your elbows level with the desk or table you are using. The BCA also advises using a chair with arm rests.
7. Take regular breaks. Never sit at the computer for more than 40 minutes, aim for less if possible.
8. When you take a break, walk around and stretch a little, do something completely different.