When Your Homework Is Hurting You (Physically)…

Now that school is in full swing, it’s likely that you’re finding yourself stuck behind a desk, in front of a computer, typing furiously, for hours at a time. Aside from the obvious setback of being a sedentary activity, this could be doing damage to your body, without you even knowing it. I am a perfect example of this; after six hours in the tech center, my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off whenever I try to type.

Here are a few tips to survive your study hours more healthfully:

Sitting:

  • Back straight, shoulders back, booty touching the back of your chair
  • Uncross your legs to ensure even weight distribution on the hips
  • Your knees should be at a right angle. If you’re not tall enough for this, lower your chair, or put your feet on a phone book.
  • Feet should be flat on the floor.
  • Switch positions every 30 minutes
  • When sitting in a chair that rolls and pivots, don’t twist at the waist while sitting. Instead, turn your whole body.

Typing

  • Keep fingers relaxed and type as lightly as possible.
  • Keep wrists above the keyboard instead of resting them to avoid overstretching your fingers
  • Keyboard should be elevated downwards and at a comfortable height relative to your fingers.

For your sake and mine, I hope these tips help!

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