Up to 42% of the workforce has spent the better part of 2020 working remotely, and a study rom the University of Cincinnati reveals that many home office setups leave much to be desired. Improper chair height and incorrect computer orientation were among the ergonomic missteps reported, and these could lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain over time. No need to splurge on new office equipment: Try these easy fixes for your existing furniture, and get up and walk around every 30 minutes.
Optimize your chair.
If your arms aren’t level with your desk and you tend to lean forward, your chair is probably too low; sit on a pillow or a folded towel. If your lower back gets achy, placing a rolled-up towel at the base of your lower back can provide extra lumbar support.
Raise your computer.
How to tell if your computer screen is at the right height: The top of the screen should be right at eye level. Stack books, magazines, or sturdy boxes under your monitor or laptop until it reaches the perfect height; this is important to prevent neck strain and eyestrain.
DIY a standing desk.
You might not be able to create an ideal seated workstation despite your best efforts; the next best thing is to rotate between a sitting one and a standing one. Prop your computer on a tall surface, like a kitchen countertop or an ironing board, and then use your stackers to get the right height.