A Quick Way to Test Your Posture

resume-laptop_300Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly the right way to sit at your desk to prevent eye strain, back soreness, and other symptoms of poor posture? Not everyone has the luxury of an ergonomics department at their office—but fear not. There’s an easy way to test your workplace set-up without the help of a professional.

To establish good posture at your desk, sit with your back against your chair and feet flat on the floor—if your feet don’t touch the floor, consider a footrest (which can often by expensed). When you look at your computer screen, your eyes should be level with the center of it. If they aren’t, raise or lower the monitor.

See more tips for avoiding bad posture.

COMMENTS

  1. Ruth Livingstone

    Hmm, don’t think your eyes should be level with the centre of the screen, although this is often quoted advice. Our natural posture is to have our gaze angled downward, to a point about 10 ft or so in front of our feet when we’re walking (for obvious survival/evolutionary reasons). So a comfortable gaze is a slightly downward gaze. Depends how far you sit from your screen, but eye level probably needs to be above the middle of your screen, or you will end up holding your neck uncomfortably extended in order to read the top half.

    April 8, 2014 at 5:33 pm
  2. Rachel Stein

    Thank you for your thoughtful feedback, Ruth! This is a good point, too—as always, do what works for you!

    April 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm
  3. Shera

    I am thankful and considered myself lucky even though I had a very painful slipped disc last September (currently I am completely healed) because my company is considerate enough to provide me with ergonomic desk and Stance Move Ext ergonomic office sit stand chair to use while working.

    December 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

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