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Are you sitting comfortably?

Regular computer users perform 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes each day and a bad posture can lead to a number of health problems; notably lower back pain, neck pain, sore eyes and, of course, repetitive strain injury.

So here is our guide to making sure that you are sitting comfortably at your computer and reducing the chances of any health issues.

The first thing is to ensure that you have a good chair; one that you can change the height, back position and tilt. When sitting correctly your knees should be level with your hips and your wrists and forearms need to be level with the floor when using the keyboard. Your arm position is critical to help prevent repetitive strain injuries.

Your elbows should be close to the side of your body, vertically under your shoulders, with your arms forming an L- shape at the elbow joint. Have your keyboard in front of you with between four to six inches of desk for your wrists to rest on. And keep your mouse as close as possible to you; when not using the keyboard, push it aside if using the mouse a lot.

Feet should be flat on the floor - in a comfortable position - and don't cross your legs. You may need a footrest to get the right foot position.

And lastly, your screen should be directly in front of you, with the monitor an arm's length away, and the top of the screen roughly at eye level (too high or too low and you will have to bend your neck).

As you are reading this at your computer why not check your seating position right now? You may just find that you feel much better having made a few changes to the way you are sitting at work.

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