Aching back, stiff neck, frequent headaches, wrist pain, eye strain, sore feet, swollen ankles, drained energy: these are just a few of the physical problems you can suffer when your work environment is working against you. Try these easy changes — the first 5 are for sitting work, the next 3 for standing work, the last 2 for everybody.
1. Check your chair height.
When you sit at your desk with your hands on the keyboard, your forearms and thighs should be parallel to the floor. If the chair is too high and feet are left dangling, the pressure on your thighs will cut off circulation to your legs. Too low, and you'll end up with wrist and neck strain. If adjusting the chair to proper keyboard level makes it too high for your feet, use a small stool.
2. Check your chair depth.
You should be able to sit all the way back so that the chair back supports your spine, and still have at least 4" of space between the front edge of the seat and your calves. If the chair seat...