by TechnoGrannyAnni

in You and Your Computer

About Ergonomics

What do I mean by ergonomics?  According to one online dictionary it is:

“The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.”

You may not be in a public workplace, but you are in your own ‘workspace’ and, as time passes you might, like me, spend a lot of hours on your computer.

If you do, you want to be comfortable and you should set up your space so that you are sitting well, your typing position doesn’t stretch or compromise any of your muscles, and you don’t end up with aches and pains that might develop into something more serious. 

I can report from personal experience that it’s important to think about ergonomics right from the beginning.  Years ago, I ignored the signs and ended up with carpal tunnel syndrome and backache – among other aches and pains.

You see plenty of pictures of people – mostly youngsters – lying around on the floor, or sprawled out on the sofa with their laptops. 

Well I don’t know about you but I, for one, wouldn’t be lounging about in that manner … I couldn’t do it anymore even if I wanted to!

Ergonomic equipment
You can find all kinds of ergonomic paraphernalia on the market: chairs, mice, keyboards, footrests, monitor arms, tray systems and on and on. 
I just saw a heated footrest – now there’s an idea that intrigues me for my cold northern climate in the winter! 

I’d better get onto that one before the snow flies!

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