Your computer and your posture!

You’re probably doing it right now if you’re reading this. Staring at your computer screen, slouching or hunching over your desk for prolonged periods of time. Doing this will result in serious health issues.

Here is what bad posture could do to your health

Poor circulation: If you cross your legs while sitting, there will be an increase in the pressure of gasses and fluids moving through the body. Sitting in this position for long periods can give rise to spider veins.

Increased stress: Bad posture increases mental and physical stress.

Pain and soreness: Bad posture makes the muscles function harder and creates tension on the spine. Pain and soreness are the effects of improper posture

Negative mood: A proper posture helps fight depression and increases self-esteem whereas the improper posture will do the opposite.

Poor digestion: When you hunch and slouch over, the organs in your body bundle up together. This ultimately makes it difficult for your body to digest the food.


Here’s how to maintain a proper posture while using a computer

Correct posture:

Bad posture will cause physical pain. Many computer users experience this physical pain hence it is important to maintain a proper posture while you sit at a computer. Good posture improves physical health, reduces pain and boosts your self-confidence and mood.

  • Adjust the height of your chair in such a way that your knees are in line with your hips and your feet are flat on the ground.
  • Sit straight by keeping your hips far back.
  • The back of the chair must be reclined at an angle of 100 to 110 degrees.
  • Keep the keyboard close and in front of you
  • Alternate daily when using your mouse by switching hands.
  • Place the monitor in front of you and a few centimeters above your eye level.
  • There should be an arms-length distance between you and the computer screen.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed. Avoid bending your shoulders forward or raising them above.


Posture exercises:

Take short breaks after 30 minutes of sitting to re-energize your body.

  • The negative effects caused due to prolonged sitting can be counteracted by taking a 60-minute walk.  This also engages the muscles required for proper posture.
  • Massage your back using a foam roller if there is stiffness in your back.
  • Learn and practice yoga poses. They promote proper alignment by strengthening and stretching the muscles including the neck, hips and back that gets strained when sitting.


Supportive chair:

It is essential to use the right chair for proper body posture. Chairs that are comfortable, durable, adjustable and supportive are the best for good posture. Be on the lookout for chairs like the following:

  • Backrest that adheres to the spine’s natural curve and supports your lower and upper back.
  • Features a supportive headrest.
  • The chair should have the ability  to adjust the armrest height, seat height and the reclining angle.
  • On the back seat, there should be comfortable padding.


To stay fit and healthy, it is crucial to maintain proper posture.