Saturday, November 18, 2006

6 Simple Tips for Ergonomics on a Shoestring Budget

Inexpensive things you can do to create a better ergonomic environment ...

"Psychology Today published a great little article with some simple tips on how to make ergonomic improvements without emptying our wallets. Just like everything else in our lives, it is sometimes tempting to turn to technology to fix our problems, in attempt to avoid personal changes in behavior.

I would love to go out and purchase the latest ergonomic keyboards, mice, chairs and all kinds of other accessories. I know that a lot of science has gone into designing products that work better with our bodies. But at the same time, it is hard to justify spending a lot of money.

I think the main reason this is the case is because buying ergonomic office products is kind of like buying organic food. We have to spend more now, in order to get benefits later. It is natural to want to spend less money now, and not really worry about the future. This mindset has gotten humanity into problems before, and it will continue to do so.

... While you ponder how to allocate your budget, consider these free or low cost ergonomic upgrades suggested by Osteopath Andrew Kirschner:

Maximize your space
Level the field
Lumbarize your chair
Get up and stretch
Don’t cradle the phone
Wear clothes that fit"    (Continued via The Ergonomenon)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Ergonomic Office - Not - Ergonomics

Ergonomic Office - Not

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