Back pain? Sore wrists? Sitting like a shrimp?
Since I now spend a lot of time working from home, I invested in setting up an ergonomic work space. I also try not to sit like a shrimp to prevent back pain and sore wrists!
According to stuff I found on the internet, these are features of an ideal ergonomic setup:
- Back / lumbar support
- Wrists straight and arms close to your body at 90 degrees (parallel to the ground)
- Feet flat and fully on the floor, knees bent at 90 degrees while sitting
- Eyes level to the monitor
Here’s my attempt at an ergonomic home office setup:
- Herman Miller Aeron chair - This chair lets me raise and lower the height of my chair so my arms can be at 90 degrees (parallel to the ground) while I'm on typing or writing. I also got the lumbar support feature. I scored a great deal for a used one that's like new on Craigslist.
- Yoga blocks - I use yoga blocks as footrests so my feet can reach the “ground”.
- MacBook with a laptop stand - I always place my laptop on a laptop stand to be at eye level with my screen. Using a laptop stand has made a noticeable difference in reducing how often I sit like a shrimp.
- Dell UltraSharp 27 USB-C Hub Monitor - This monitor gives me more real estate and allows me to be at eye level with my screen.
- Magic Trackpad 2 - Since my laptop is on a laptop stand, the separate trackpad helps keep my arms parallel to the ground and wrists straight. I also like the feel and functionality of the trackpad over a mouse.
- Magic Keyboard - Since my laptop is on a laptop stand, the separate keyboard to helps keep my arms parallel to the ground and wrists straight.
- Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk - A standing desk lets me occasionally stand while I work. I got the memory controls so I don't have to press the buttons forever to get the right height.
- Lastly, even with an ergonomic setup, I make sure to take frequent stretch breaks!
I hope this blog helps you with setting up an ergonomic work setup or at least prompted you to instinctively sit up straight.