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Sitting straight all the time is harmful, you shouldn't be doing that! It's putting too much stress on your back. We humans are built to stand up most of the time and sitting in a chair is artificial for our bodies. You're slouching not because you forget to sit straight, but because your body tries to ease unnecessary tension. Please take a look at this ...


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The following works for me: Adjust the height / position of your monitor, chair and desk Consider the sources of light in the room (windows, lamps, etc) and make sure none of them are reflecting on your screen / keyboard Adjust font size to make reading comfortable Get a bigger screen Reduce monitor contrast / brightness Install and run f.lux Where you ...


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Bit of a lifehack solution this one... Take one jacket/shirt/cardigan... and your working chair, I'm using this one for demonstration purposes... Place the jacket/shirt/cardigan over the back of the chair like so... (So that the neck of the jacket/shirt/cardigan is where a chair user's neck might be. Now sit on the chair and place your arms ...


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There are many apps and software programs that can give a reminder every now and then (e.g. schedulers, break timers, mindfullness or pomodoro apps). You can use any of these programs to regularly remind yourself to sit up straight. Put your watch on your other wrist. Every time you want to check the time and look at the wrong wrist you remind yourself to ...


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@krammii gave good general advice. To be more specific on desktop ergonomics : Chair height : make sure your feet are resting on the floor ; you should be able to slide your hand under your thighs easily Desk height : arms as close to your body as possible (not extending to reach your keyboard), shoulders rested (take a deep breath), your forearm should ...


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I remember seeing a great lifehack for this a while back, possibly on Reddit. It only requires duct tape. Step 1: In the morning, with no shirt on, stand up as straight as you can with perfect posture. Step 2: Get your roommate or significant other to put one piece of duct tape on your back across from one shoulder blade to the other. Step 3: Second ...


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They make "standing desks" - or you can make your own. This helps with the standing part not the walking part. They also make treadmill standing desks, but they are expensive. In your case, it sounds like the treadmill is at the gym and not in your home. And for math, an audiobook probably wouldn't work. Do you have to use the treadmill? What about an ...


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The only drawback is that when you start using it you won't be able to sit for as long as you want. As your core strengthens, though, the amount of time that you can sit on it will increase. On the other hand our bodies weren't designed for sitting eight or ten hours straight. I consider this apparent drawback a blessing in disguise because it will force ...


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Glossy screens are terrible from an ergonomics perspective. In fact, they are illegal to use professionally in some jurisdictions. Why there is a public demand for glossy screens is one of mankind's mysteries. How you percieve the glare is subjective, so if sunglasses work for you, then use them. There are also special glasses that claim to reduce the ...


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I learned to touch type long enough ago that the device I learned on had a lever you pushed with the left hand to accomplish a carriage return. (i.e. manual typewriter). The finger map layout I learned and still use today (at 110wpm on a good day) is your second image. It isn't a new development. I don't believe there are any ergonomic benefits to EDX. ...


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TL;DR? When you're choosing tools: Try them for yourself rather than relying on the experience and theories of others. Choose long-term comfort over short-term increases productivity, especially where the increase in productivity is small. If you want to be confident of a productivity increase, don't just rely on subjective experience. Rather, use ...


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From my experience, e-ink devices e.g. Kindle and PocketBook BOOX (9 in screen) are (much) more comfortable to the eyes than LCD or tablet screen, possibly because it does not produce light. However the software running the e-ink devices (so far) have much less functionality and speed than the software running the tablet and computer devices. This is great ...


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It's just a matter of getting used to. Our back is used to a position, straight or not. The harder is to change our habits. So you have to force yourself and getting straight back as soon as you notice you are no longer straight. And the more you will do that, the easier it will be. This will become natural and you won't need to worry as often (if you ...


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Family and Friends: I asked my family members and close friends to quietly remind me whenever they caught me off guard. Exercise: People also tend to slouch when their back and shoulder muscles are weakened. A natural but hard way is by running and back strengthening exercises 15-20 min a day. I had this problem and it gradually got solved.


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From a little personal experience I can tell, that ball size may be a problem. My height is 195 cm and I'm using a 75 cm ball. When fully inflated, it is too high - I have to bend down to the keyboard of my notebook. When less inflated, it becomes too large horizontally when I sit down, so that I can't bend my knees enough. As a result my posture is not ...


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Exercise ball is a good thing to try if you experience back problems. I know several health professionals who recommend it and I'm not aware of any downsides. Make sure you select a ball with appropriate size -- check the weight specification. And pump it up to its full size. You can use the ball for doing exercises while working, which will benefit your ...


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Since reflected light will be polarized, your polarized sunglass solution may be quite effective depending on the direction of the light source. I would guess it is not damaging to your visual system, as long as you feel comfortable with it.


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If you have a tablet, take photos of the book and read them there on your tablet. I do it a lot. Not on the treadmill but on my way to university, because it is difficult to hold big books while walking. However, I can not study math deeply without a pen and paper to follow the formulas. If you have a laptop computer and a smartphone, it seems like a good ...


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How many pages do you realistically think you will read through in a half an hour to an hour of treadmill time. 20? 50? My experience is that I am lucky to absorb five or ten pages of advanced material. If it is that low of a number I would either make photocopies or print out a few pages of a PDF copy and take the five or ten pieces of paper with you to ...


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My personal research has found most "comfortable" (ergonomically friendly) is better than simple change. Theory For a focused single example you specifically call out RSI as a condition you're attempting to avoid. I'll pick out preventing Carpal Tunnel which is a specific form or RSI common in programmers. Let's say over the coarse of 1 hour you move your ...


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Take a look at the products from Gunnar Optiks. They're not cheap (+$100) and they're not a panacea, but I know they help me tremendously in a typical office building with horrible fluorescent lights, cold dry air and bright glossy Apple monitors. My eyes just don't feel as tired after a day in the office, and the difference is stark when I take them off, ...


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I think your eyes won't say you thank you for that. There are many other ways to improve visibility of glossy screen. Here's what I'm using: solarized - color scheme, mathematically computed to be perfect for your eyes. Supports various terminals, editors, ides f.lux - application, that changes glow of screen at dark times :). Improves readability of the ...


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I had a similar situation at one point, and discovered that the discomfort I perceived as glare from the screen was actually caused by bright florescent overhead lighting located in just the wrong place. I solved the problem by wearing a hat with a brim or a visor, like an old time accountant's eyeshade.


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Exercise ball as a chair is good idea, but if you tend to be sitting for longer hours, exercise ball is not that good. Since you can/will be able to sit on it for only a small amount of time(lets say 1 or two hours), and then you have to switch back to chair. It may be a good idea to consider chair which can move 360" to give your body more natural movement. ...


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When I was not self employed and spent way too much time on my desk, I had a couple of reminders on my Outlook calendar. Every workday at 10am and 3pm, I would get a popup message saying "check your posture". It was more effective in the beginning, so it probably pays to shuffle it a bit every now and then, but I noticed that I sit straight more often. Now ...


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There is also the legs trick that usually helps: you just need to keep you knees bend so that your feet are under your body (not in front of it) and only your toes touch the ground. It's similar to the kneeling position. You can use a special kneeling chair as shown in the picture beneath but I wouldn't recommend it as backs are not designed to go without ...


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I recently started using the Evernote Clearly Google Chrome Extension. It is a reader that takes away the distractions (like ads, navigation and side bar, etc) and gives you just the text in a nicely formatted way. You also get to pick a theme that keeps a consistent background and font. Once its installed I just use CTL + ALT + Right Arrow to toggle ...



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