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Whether you’re working at home or still commuting, how your desk and chair are situated can cause stress for your spine and problems for your eyes. Here are some tips for tightening up your workspace for a healthier you.

1.) The top of your computer screen should be at eye level. Looking down or up can put a strain on your neck muscles.

2.) Make sure you have adequate lighting. As we age, our eyes require more light. Experts recommend a reading or desk lamp.

3.) Sit all the way back in your chair. Let it support your lower back as you work.

4.) Your feet should be firmly on the floor and your knees, feet, and ankles should be at a 90-degree angle. If not, adjust the height of your chair.

5.) Your chair should also have armrests and you should be able to type comfortably on your keyboard while keeping your arms on those rests.

Sit or stand? Lately, there’s been a positive fad for standing desks. Yet, studies have shown that workers can develop back problems from standing too long. Better to get one of those desks that you can adjust from standing to sitting if you like that sort of thing. Alternating between sitting and standing every 30 minutes is recommended.

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