Back in November we featured a blog post which commented on the dangers of laptops.
OK, technically speaking a laptop isn’t actually going to kill you or cause you serious harm intentionally – after all it’s just an inanimate lump of plastic, circuitry and metal. But the post did comment on Adrian Lee’s article in The Daily Express which advised how the increased use of laptops was being blamed for a large rise in neck and back problems because they encourage bad posture.
But all is not lost. You can safely use your laptop without risking life and limb simply by taking reasonable precautions and employing a modicum of common sense.
You can use your laptop in blissful safety if you adopt a few good habits. These easy to follow suggestions will ensure you can work at your favourite laptop without running the risk of injury.
- Always use a separate keyboard and mouse so your laptop can be put on a stand with the screen open at eye level.
- Make sure your laptop is placed on a stable base which will provide support for your arms.
- Take regular breaks (including short micro breaks). The movement will prevent the build up of stress on your muscles and joints.
- Posture is everything. Adopts a good sitting position with lower back support and make sure all your other desk equipment is within reach.
- Sit right back in your chair with your feet flat on the ground. Also make sure you don’t cross your legs or ankles.
- Align your keyboard to your body by making sure the B key is in line with your belly button.
By making these simple suggestion good habits, you can prevent (or at least minimise) any aches, pains and discomfort.