It all starts with the chair. That being said, a quality office chair is only as good as it's owner. You can purchase the most expensive ergonomic office chair on the market, but without an understanding of how its components work, you'll have dented the wallet on nothing more than an attractive paper weight.
Take the time to carefully select your office chair. Watch demo videos and product reviews online. If you can, visit a showroom and give a few chairs a true "sit test" to determine which back heights and styles will work best for your personal needs.
When your office chair arrives, don't take a "set it and forget it" approach. Read through manual and test out all the features. Once complete, you'll be ready to synchronize your chair and workstation to achieve the perfect sit.
Start the synchronization process by raising your chair to the correct height. Your computer chair should be set at a height that allows your feet to rest flat on the ground and facing forward. Next, adjust the angle of your chair back using the lever on the side of the mechanism. When operating, you may need to change this angle regularly to ensure you are in contact with the chair back at all times. To put it simply, each time you lean away from the back of your chair, you're missing out on loads of support that's needed to help you make it through those long days at the office.
Once you're chair is properly synchronized, you'll need to analyze your personal posture habits. If you find the long list of posture tips a bit difficult to reminder, you're not alone. Placing a list of reminders within eye sight of your computer screen will keep correct sitting advice fresh in your mind. Studies have shown that placing reminders near your workstation will yield big results.
Here's a few posture and sitting reminders to get you started...
- Keep feet flat on the ground and facing forward.
- Don't use the base of the chair as a foot rest.
- Keep back in contact with chair at all times.
- Don't look down to type.
- Take short breaks.
- Raise computer monitor to eye level.
Office ergonomics is about far more than just cool products. To be ergonomically correct, you've got to be mentally alert. That being said, quality rest will go a long way. Don't stay up all night in your recliner watching movies and eating junk food. Save that stuff for the weekend! Get to bed at a decent hour and start your day off right with a quality breakfast.
Before you leave work in the afternoon, take the time to clean your desk and reorganize important files that have been used throughout the day. This important step ensures you are able to return to a space that's ready to work the following day.
Becoming a more ergonomically correct version of yourself doesn't have to be hard and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. In the long run, you just have to take the time to form good habits and commit to a structured work day. Making lists of daily goals, properly organizing your space, and regularly adjusting your ergonomic task chair will certainly help. However, the quest for the perfect work day is never complete. Be sure to regularly read articles, tips, and advice like those found here to continue to improve.