New Delhi: Prolonged use of a computer keyboard or mouse can lead to frequent muscle aches and nerve pain unless a few guidelines are followed. You can work more comfortably and safely if you incorporate the following ergonomic tips into your work style:
Get Up And Move Around Regularly
The main health problems arising from sitting in front of a computer for longer are related to the lack of movement and activity involved. So to counter this, you should make a point to get up and move around regularly. You can even set the alarm on your phone to go off every hour.
Get up, go for a walk, or do a simple house chore that will force you to get up and go away from your desk for at least a few minutes. Even this small amount of activity will help improve your blood circulation, relieve strain on your neck and back, and also burn a few calories.
You should also make sure to get as much physical activity as possible throughout the rest of your day. Exercise regularly, and little things like taking the stairs instead of an elevator can help you to improve your health.
Give Your Eyes A Break From Computer
You may not realize it, but sitting and staring at a computer screen all day long puts a lot of strain on your eyes. While a computer screen is not exceptionally bright, it does produce light that you are staring into, sometimes for hours on end. It can put a lot of strain on your eyes, which, over time, can contribute to vision problems, headaches, and other health problems.
The good news is that there is a simple solution to avoid overtaxing your eyes. Every few minutes, take a second, close your eyes, and give them a break. Make sure that you also avoid staring at a computer screen, which is a common problem that most people don’t even realize they have. Blinking is essential, and doing so can help you to keep your vision sharp.
Keep Healthy Snacks Around Your Desk
Working at a computer all day is not a physical job. It means you are not burning a lot of calories while you are sitting and typing on your keyboard. So the last thing you want to do is to compound the problem by snacking on junk food all day long. Eating highly processed foods that are high in calories, sugar, and fat will only add to the health problems caused by a sedentary job.
You have to eat, so make sure you are eating the right food. The simplest way to avoid snacking on unhealthy food is not to have them around. Keep foods such as beef jerky, nuts, and other high protein foods around your desk. So when hunger strikes, you can satiate it with a healthy snack.
Keep Your Desk Clean
One of the most common problems with a desk job that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day is a problem many people aren’t even aware of. When you sit and use a computer, any bacteria on your hands or body is going to end up on your desk. Over time that bacteria can build up. Even before you know it, your work area is teaming with disgusting microbes. So keep the work space clean.