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How to: Improve your posture & work environment

Reduce clutter, improve posture & minimise eyestrain

Working at a PC for hours isn't much fun. But it can also be physically painful; aches and pains may be your body's way of telling you that you have a poor posture. If you don't do something about it, these aches and pains could lead to more severe problems.

Step 7. Click ‘View your statistics' to see your rating on a graph. Good periods are green, while red means you were leaning forward and orange that you were slumped back. You can adjust the timeframe to view the last hour, week, month or year. Select ‘How am I doing?' to get a full breakdown and performance rating.

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Step 8. Now it's time to assess your work environment. Make sure that the objects you use most frequently are easily accessible, so that you don't have to repeatedly stretch or twist to reach them. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, get a headset. This will prevent you from straining the muscles in your neck.

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Step 9. Make sure your desk is free of clutter. Use an in tray for loose bits of paper and a desk tidy for your stationery. If you often copy-type from paper documents, use a holder to position them close to and level with your monitor. Also tidy any cables out of the way. See How to clean up your PC for more de-cluttering advice.

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Step 10. Try not to eat at your desk. Crumbs and leftover food create a unhealthy working environment, while spilled drinks can damage electronic equipment. If you must eat and type, regularly use antibacterial wipes to clean your desk and use a can of compressed gas to blast away the crumbs from your keyboard.

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