Take a computer check….as in “break”

Posted 04/09/2014 | By HealthCorps

You sit in front of the computer for hours, losing track of time and more importantly, not moving. Did you know that sitting still and not moving for hours can put you at risk of blood clots in your lower extremities? Of course being sedentary and sitting still also means you’re not burning off any of the excess calories you are probably consuming. Here are some basic tips to help you to achieve a healthier high-tech habit:

  1. Take a blink break meaning look away from the screen every 20 minutes for about 30 seconds and gaze into the distance. Periodically check the brightness of the lighting in the room, especially as the day progresses into late afternoon and evening.
  2.  Make sure your monitor is about 14 inches away from your eyes and that your chair has a comfortable back rest for support. Stand up every 30 minutes and walk around, rolling your shoulders and stretching your arms. Do some knee raises to encourage circulation.
  3. Keep your mouse, desk surface, keyboard and monitor clean. Pathogens can easily grow on these surfaces. It’s especially important to disinfect these areas if you are sharing the system with others.
  4. Keep your laptop off your lap since the heat that emanates from the laptop can, in rare cases, cause skin burns.
  5. When you take a break, clean off the keyboard and desk surface areas, which notoriously harbor germs.
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