With New Year’s just around the corner, it’s as good a time as any to start considering what resolutions you intend to make. The most common ones have to do with health, either exercising more or eating less or some combination of the two. But, there’s one resolution that’s not so common, one nearly as important as diet and exercise, one that most people neglect entirely. That is better posture.
Why not give it a shot? So much of your health relies on how you move and position yourself throughout the day, especially during those notoriously long hours sitting in front of a computer at work and at home. So, before you pour that bubbly and count down the seconds to your year of new beginnings, let’s consider posture and the importance of ergonomics.
Posture is defined as the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting. It is also defined as a particular way of dealing with or considering something (an approach or attitude). Both definitions are apropos in this context. In fact, one of the most notable benefits of good posture, according to Muscle and Fitness magazine, is “Portray[ing] a better, more confident image.”
This undoubtedly has a positive effect on your own assertiveness and general quality of life. And, you don’t have to be a bodybuilder to experience it, either. With an upright, forward-facing gait, co-workers and supervisors will perceive you as a team-player, a go-getter, and career opportunities will no doubt blossom as a result. Not to mention a cavalcade of positive health benefits including better breathing, improved circulation and digestion, and stronger muscles and joints.
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. A critical question is, how does ergonomics–the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment–allow for better posture? Well, it just so happens that Humanscale, a company dedicated to ergonomic lighting and furniture, offers an incredible amount of information and resources regarding this topic.
Take “About Our Seating,” for example, which describes a variety of chairs that facilitate spontaneous movement and unsurpassed comfort. They each have nobs and levers to help adjust posture easily, armrests that move with you, gel seat cushions (which don’t compress), and backrests that adjust to the weight of the user for a perfect recline. Simply put, it would be nearly impossible to have bad posture in a Humanscale chair that is, in essence, customized for you. This is the unsurpassed value of ergonomics.
Also consider “How to Make Your Desk More Comfortable,” which applies to both home and work settings. To summarize, they stress the importance of ergonomic task chairs with dynamic recline, lumbar support, and moving armrests. They include the benefits of an articulated keyboard support, which keeps the wrists straight, minimizing pain as well as preventing carpal tunnel syndrome.
They also recommend monitor arms for your computer, which adjusts the monitor so that your head remains upright and at a comfortable angle. These are all key factors that will lead to better posture, whether at your home office or work cubicle. You’ll ultimately feel healthier, happier, and much more productive in your personal and professional life.
And so, say it with me now, This year I will make a conscious effort to have better posture! The physical benefits, not to mention social benefits, of better posture are far-reaching, indeed. Better yet, you have a multitude of desk, chair and other workspace products designed to make your body much more comfortable than you ever thought possible.
So, as you pour your bubbly and wait for the countdown in that uncomfortable contraption you call a chair, you can at least take comfort in the fact that things will be better in 2018. Your habitual hunch, your perpetual backache, your depressed, put-upon affect will all but disappear because you took the time now to consider one quirky, but oh-so-necessary resolution.
Ready to start your 2018 off with better posture? Be sure to check out the array of Humanscale office chairs, desks and other ergonomic tools.
Nate Sverlow is a Senior Product Content Publisher at YDesign Group, writing copy, brand statements and department procedures. He enjoys lighting and design that inspires, that has a story to tell. He currently resides in the Sacramento area with three cats and an incredibly supportive wife.