Ergonomics

Ergonomics - Does it matter ?

We all know that physical activity is important for good health - regardless of your age, gender or body weight, living an active lifestyle can improve your quality of life and dramatically reduce your risk of death and disease. But even if you are meeting current physical activity guidelines by exercising for one hour per day, that leaves 15 to 16 hours per day when you are not being active. Does it matter how you spend those hours, which account for more than 90% of your day? For example, does it matter whether you spend those 16 hours sitting, versus standing or walking?

 
 
 

Ergonomics - YES, it does matter

Fortunately or unfortunately, new evidence suggests that it does matter, and in a big way.
Ergonomically correct posture can prevent physical discomfort and even improve the concentration and efficiency. A regular alternation between sitting and standing strengthens the muscles, the locomotor system and the cardiovascular system will thus be activated. Activation of the cardiovascular system boost both concentration and efficiency.

Optimal allocation of posture

The optimal allocation of posture over a working day can be defined as: 60% dynamic sitting, 30% working in a standing position and 10% walking around for meetings, copying etc.

Sitting posture

A proper sitting posture is achieved when the upper arms form a vertical line and forearms form a horizontal line at working height. Upper arms and forearms should form an angle of 90 °.
The thighbone should be more or less horizontal and the feet flat on the floor in order to form an angle between the thighbone and shinbone of 90 ° or more.

Standing posture

A correct standing posture can be achieved when you stand on both feet in a slightly wide standing position where both hips are parallel and the feet should not be staggered. Avoid "hang" on one leg. if you stand and small trips on site, you activate vein pump. The body should be upright - neither leaning forward, side bent or twisted. Toes, knees and nose, all pointing to the desk you are working at and the shoulders should be parallel, calm and relaxed.

Position of the height of your desk

Adjust your desk to app. 2 cm above your elbow height, so the desk supports both forearms. The keyboard must be pushed onto the desk from 15 to 20 cm into the tabletop so both forearms are resting on the desk.

How to get started

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