AARP: How to improve your pandemic posture
UC expert offers tips on monitor positioning and workspace lighting
Working in the pandemic over the last two years has meant developing a space to work at home for most of us. An article published by AARP takes a look at some potential problems that can crop up working at home in the way of pandemic posture habits. Susan Kotowski, PhD, of the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences in the UC College of Allied Health Sciences, is cited as an expert for the story.
The top edge of your screen should be directly in line with your eye level, Kotowski told AARP. If it’s too low, you’ll hunch over, creating neck pain. If you use dual monitors, put the most-used monitor directly in front of you.
Aging eyes need more light than younger ones. Kotowski recommends task lighting — an individual light, such as a reading or desk lamp, that you can aim at a specific spot.
The article also mentions the importance of setting the correct desk height. With your chair at your work surface, you should be able to comfortably maintain the recommended 90-degree angles. If your desk is too high, add an ergonomic step stool under your desk to rest your feet on. If it’s too low, use furniture risers to raise it.
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