When someone mentions working in an office what is the first thing that pops in your mind – cubicle. That small and boring block of space, with room just for a computer and a few small things. Even though big companies like Google and Facebook have started the revolution when it comes to office space design, it seems that the revolution still needs some time to be globally accepted.
However, one thing you can’t deny about the dreaded cubicle – it is simple and it makes you focus on your work. But, this brings us to the main topic of this article – is it healthy working all day in a cubicle? The answer is somewhat complicated, but it comes to this – it all depends on you. You have probably heard so far that the “sitting is the new smoking” and that there are many health risks that are directly caused by sitting a lot every day. Furthermore, experts say that the depression is on the rise especially in one working group – freelancers. Mostly because they are working from home, usually more than 8 hours every day, freelancer tend to spend a lot of time on their computers.
The interesting thing, though is that most of these health issues can be easily avoided by simply adjusting your posture and add some minor tweaks to your current sitting position. Furthermore, experts say that there are many different ways to brighten up your cubicle to make it more enjoyable for you. Here are some tips that should help you improve your posture while sitting and make the office space more user-friendly:
- If you are spending a lot of time behind a computer, make sure that your keyboard is in the perfect position: it should be on flat surface, enabling your elbows to be in comfortable position, while your elbows should be up to 2 inches from your body. Mouse should be near the keyboard and make sure it is on the same level!
- When it comes to posture, there is nothing special you need to do, except assuming the right position: upright posture, sitting comfortably in chair for maximum back support with head, back and shoulders in line.
- Monitor should be positioned to be on the eye level. If it is needed, you can always raise it to be in the perfect position.
- Chair should be adjusted so that elbows and hips are parallel to the ground, while your feet should be resting at the floor.
- The best way to measure the ideal distance of the monitor is to spread your arms forward and put the monitor at the exact spot where your fingers end.
- If you are sitting for a longer periods of time, it would be best to get up and walk for at least minutes once in every hour. This will not only help you with the physical activity, but it is also known to help boost creativity and productivity, meaning that you will be better at your work.