Do you spend hours every day hunched over your laptop at your desk? Then you might want to have a look at some tips to improve your posture when sitting behind your laptop.
- The problem with laptop posture is that your vision and hands have to be in the same place
- The two most effective steps in getting a better posture behind your laptop are raising your vision and lowering your arms
- The top of your screen should be just above eye level and your keyboard should be just below elbow level
- The best thing to do to improve your laptop posture is getting a stand-alone monitor
Why is your posture behind a laptop so bad?
The problem mainly lies in the fact that you’re hands and vision have to be in the same place. If you place your laptop flat on the table, your arms, wrists and hands are neatly aligned. However, in this position you’re looking down towards your laptop keeping your head and neck in a hunched over position. This on itself can cause headaches, neck pain and stiff muscles. The alternative is placing your laptop higher up and having the screen on eye level. This relieves tension in the neck but is absolutely undoable for your hands and arms.
The two most effective steps in getting a better posture behind your laptop are raising your vision and lowering your arms. When you’re using your laptop, the top of your screen should be just above eye level. You keyboard on the other hand should be just below eye level.
The two most effective steps in getting a better posture behind your laptop are raising your vision and lowering your arms.
The absolute best thing for you to do is to get a stand-alone monitor. They have a larger height range than laptop stands and the bigger screen gives you more room to work. When you’re short of budget or space, the next best thing is to get a laptop stand, plus a separate keyboard and mouse.
Good posture behind your laptop is very important and when you spend a large amount of your day behind a laptop, it’s worth the small investment! While you check out some of the options, we’ll leave you with some additional tips:
- Don’t use your laptop on your lap where there is no support for your arms, rather choose a stable base such as a table
- Regular breaks and walking around relieve stress on your muscles and joints
- Neck, shoulder and back problems gradually develop over time, so work on your posture before the aching starts
A great help in improving your posture behind you laptop is the Good Posture Mac app.
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