Benefits of Improving Posture When Working From Home

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As many businesses shift to a work from home environment, there are many things to consider to help make the transition a smooth one and to help your team maintain productivity working remotely. Often, those considerations leave out something simple, yet super effective. Good posture.

Correct posture allows you to properly keep your balance and move in a way that puts the least amount of strain on your body. Since most of us spend the better part of our work day in the same position, it’s crucial to make sure that our bodies are positioned correctly. If like many of us, you’re now working from home, it’s important to maintain a proper set up.

When working from home, you often don’t have access to proper chairs, hand rest for your keyboard and other things that create good habits. Often, we end up working on couches, at kitchen tables, or virtually anywhere around the home that offers free space.

The first step is to ensure you are properly setup for working from home. Make sure you have a desk and the right chair. But even having this in place comes with its problems. If you sit at a desk all day, here is how you should be positioning your body:

How to sit properly at a desk
Image: How to sit properly at a desk

Poor posture can be detrimental to your health, causing pain and even long-term injury. Correct posture can not only reduce your risk of injury, but can also provide the following additional benefits and make you more effective in your work from home role.

Previously, we looked at the benefits of a clean workspace when working from home. Now let’s dig a bit more and check out how good posture can help:

  • Reduced headaches: Tension caused by incorrect posture can lead to headaches. You can reduce your risk and the occurrence of headaches by improving your posture.
  • Increased confidence: Sitting up straight may increase your confidence as one study found that students who held an upright, confident posture were more likely to have confidence in their thinking.
  • More energy: Slouching can leave you feeling fatigued. Correct posture can help you power through your day.
  • Improved breathing: Poor posture can reduce lung capacity and lead to shortness of breath. Proper alignment improves respiratory function.
  • Boosted self-esteem and mood: Correct posture can improve affect and decrease self-focus.
  • Increased productivity: Given that improved posture can reduce fatigue, improve self-esteem, and reduce risk of injury, it’s probably pretty clear how it can also potentially positively impact productivity

By actively working on positioning your body correctly and ensuring you have a set up that supports good posture, you can improve postureCheck out the infographic below from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences to learn more about how you can correct your posture in various work environments and exercises and stretches you can do to help.

Infographic credit to usa.edu

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