Are you sitting at a computer all day long? Perhaps you are a blogger or maybe you are a virtual assistant, freelance writer, or a graphic designer. There are so many careers that require sitting at a computer, either at the office or working from home. For sure, writers sit at their computers for many hours at a time.
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Working from home can be a dream come true but any profession that requires sitting for 8 to 10 to 12 hours a day, or more, has its health hazards. Sitting in one position for too long is a strain on your frame. It cuts the circulation. If you work long hours at a computer, you need a strategy for getting up and changing your position regularly.
Best Accessories For Writers
As a blogger, I sometimes work at a desk, sometimes at the kitchen counter or at a table outdoors on the deck. Then, in the evening, I move to the family room where I can work on my laptop so that the whole family can be together. Those evening hours are often used to schedule social media shares. It is less work but, again, I am sitting! It has been recognized that standing, while you are working at a computer, is an excellent alternative. You can stand some of the day and sit at other times.
So here are some gadgets that I found to help minimize the toll that a writing career can take on you. These accessories can make a world of difference to your overall health and vitality…
7 Best Accessories To Help Those Who Work At Computers All Day Long
Standing Desk – neither sitting nor standing for hours on end is good. The healthy trend is to include adjustable standing desks in the office and at home. My brother purchased one for each of the designers in his company, so I have seen them in action. They can be installed right on your existing desk. It is a breeze to adjust the height so that you can stand for a while and then sit down again. What a great invention!
Anti Fatigue Standing Mat – whether you have decided to step into “standing desk world” – or are doing what I do which is to clear a section of the kitchen counter where I set up my laptop – you need to cushion those feet! My kids bought me a pad to stand on in my kitchen and it really reduces the shock to my hips, knees, ankles and feet. I always use it when I write at the counter. I also use it when I am standing at the counter to cook. (Note: wearing great athletic shoes and socks helps, too. Wear anything that can provide comfort, support and reduce shock.)
Ergonomic Mouse – they are scientifically designed mouses (mice?) that allow for easy motion and reduced stress.
Laptop Pad – for those who like to work while sitting on the sofa or lounging in bed, a laptop pad or couch table is a great help. Laptop pads shield your legs from the heat of the laptop, are anti-slip and many styles include a mouse pad tray. I just bought the Max Smart Laptop Pad after a couple of silly years of using a cardboard beverage tray from the local fast food restaurant to keep the laptop off of my lap. Oh my goodness, what a joy to have this pad!
Office Foot Rest – Take some of the strain off your hips and legs by using an ergonomic foot rest while you sit at your desk.
Keyboard and Mouse Wrist Rests – prevent fatigue and damage to your hands, wrists and arms as you work long hours at the computer by using specially designed rests. They are not expensive, as things go, and the benefits will save you a world of hurt
Comfortable Desk Chair – if your desk chair is uncomfortable, it is time to invest in a new one. There are many ergonomic designs. I was fortunate enough to try a new chair at the design company where I work that is perfect for me. Though this chair was not described as “ergonomic,” I can sit at my desk for hours and feel great.
Have you come up with any great ideas for promoting good health on your job?
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