5 signs that your computer usage is hampering your health

November 2017

Woman standing with laptop

We all assume routines in our daily work in front of computers. It’s a real challenge to change routines and to remember your physical wellbeing. All you’re doing is to try and get some work done, right? But the more time you spend in front of the screen, the more you have to make sure that you are getting your daily exercise. Your body is not meant to sit still all the time.

Think of your free time as you sit down to work on your computer. Do you really want to spend a great part of your free time trying to get into shape because of your health hazardous routines in front of the computer? No, the best approach is to mix it up so that your body stays in shape and you feel energetic as you shutdown the computer for the day.

Let’s take a closer look at five symptoms of unhealthy behaviour in front of your computer.

You are constantly slouching in front of the computer.

Assume the right posture in front of the computer. Be aware of your habitual posture and try to correct yourself.

You feel very stiff when you do get up from the computer.

Take more breaks. Whether it’s 5 or 10 minutes, just get up and walk around, stretch a bit.

You get headaches and often feel that you can’t concentrate on one thing at a time. You’re constantly switching between tasks.

Look away from the monitor. That’s right, readjust your eyes by looking up and away. Your eyes do get tired from constantly looking at a screen.

You often find yourself talking with your colleague more than really working on the computer.

Try to avoid chatterboxes. You want to get things done, right? So inform your surrounding when you have to focus. And yes, not being able to focus leads to physical discomfort. Don’t allow it.

The right tools for the right job.

A chair is more than a place to plant your backside. And a table is not just a flat surface to place your computer and keyboard. You want to have the right height of the table so that you are not straining your shoulders or wrists when typing. Similarly, the chair should allow you to sit upright and look at the screen without leaning forward or looking up too much.

 

 


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