3 Ergonomic Tips for Laptop Users
Laptops are convenient and portable, allowing us to work more flexible. However, prolonged using can raise ergonomic risks due to its compact design -- with screen and keyboard attached together. When the screen is at the proper eye level, the keyboard is too high that will put a lot of strain on our wrist and elbow; while when the keyboard is in the optimal typing position, the screen is too low, which will lead to neck and back pain, and result in a lot of work-related problems over time. Fortunately, here are some ways we can do to improve laptop more ergonomic to use.
Keep a good posture
It is not a big deal when you occasionally use it in improper postures. However, if you use it frequently, a good posture becomes extremely important, as a good posture can reduce discomfort and injury of wrist, neck and shoulder. According to a study, the best position of using a laptop when you’re not at your desk is lying down with your knees up and put the laptop resting on your thighs. So, what are the tips if you are at your desk?
The key to a good posture is to sit neutrally and ergonomically. Firstly, set the top of the monitor screen slightly lower than your eye level, and keep the screen about an arm-length away. Secondly, it’s better to have an external keyboard and mouse. Then positioning them at your elbow height, and keep your wrists straight while typing. Thirdly, find a comfortable chair which you can lean back in with its back support. Last but not least, place your feet flat on the floor or footrest, and never cross your legs as it may lead to posture-related problems.
Use a laptop riser
Using a laptop riser or place it on a stable support surface like reams of paper or a thick book to raise monitor height for optimal viewing. And we’d suggest using a laptop riser when you are frequently using because a laptop riser can help make your workstation more ergonomic and organized, and some even can help cool your laptop. There are many different materials of laptop risers to choose from, such as aluminum, steel, glass, and plastic, enabling height adjustment smooth and easy.
Take regular breaks
It is a great idea to take regular, and brief rest breaks from computer work. Many studies have shown that sedentary sitting causes many problems, so we'd better take regular short breaks, switch from sitting to standing, and do stretches for spine and arms every 30 minutes so that to relax our muscles, clear our mind and boost working productivity.