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Learn about Ergonomics

The Ergonomic Equation = A Simple Solution

Computing comfort starts with paying attention to your body’s experience. With that as the basis, ergonomics can actually be simple. Indeed, just three basic elements define what we call the Ergonomic Equation. Added together they equal workplace wellness, which means less bodily strain and fewer repetitive stress injuries (RSI).

  1. Neutral Posture
    1. Feels positively natural and comfortable
    2. Energy expendure is low
    3. Minimizes stress to body, relieving potential RSIs
  1. Voluntary Motion
    1. Relieves static-posture fatigue
    2. Maintains body’s balance with surroundings
    3. Improves circulation & increases metabolism
  1. Rest Time
    1. Brief breaks regularly: take a walk or just stand up
    2. Occasional stretching
    3. Relaxes eyes & wrists as well as neck, shoulders and back

Make a Work Base that Keeps You Comfortable

Most of us assume the common stresses and strains we feel throughout the workday are just part of the computing experience. But that need not be the case—you can benefit by creating your own personalized “work base.” The tools and resources below will help.

    If computing for longer than a couple hours, take these steps for ergonomic wellness:

  • Establish Neutral PostureWork should fit the worker rather than making the worker adjust to fit his or her work. Start by designing a space that fits your body.
  • Make Voluntary MotionsUnintentional body movements during the course of work have an important purpose: To prevent strain and fatigue.
  • Take Rest TimeTimely rest breaks compensate for periods of static posture and repetitive action.

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