Laptop computers are extremely popular; more laptops are sold now than desktop computers. Laptops now are the computer of choice for most work-at-home professionals, students, and home computer users. Unfortunately, there has been a surge of laptop users with back and muscle problems resulting from people using their laptops incorrectly. Laptops are designed primarily to be portable, not ergonomically correct. The laptop’s attached screen and keyboard forces users into awkward postures.
Despite the name, using a laptop computer while resting it on your lap is asking for neck, back and shoulder problems. To avoid hunching over, place your laptop on a stable base and not on your lap. Using a separate keyboard and mouse is ideal, as a comfortable workstation is one where you do not need to bend your neck to see the monitor. You can maintain the ideal neck posture by placing your laptop on a riser so the top of the screen is at eye level. Place your external keyboard and mouse on an adjustable keyboard tray at or slightly below elbow height.
Even better — stand up! Stand-up desks known as a workstation on wheels, in addition to a traditional work station will allow you to switch positions frequently. Sitting for long periods is bad for you; it leads to an increased risk obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. You’ll burn slightly more calories standing as opposed to sitting, and standing encourages frequent breaks where you can stretch and move around.
If you work from home, you have the freedom to create an ergonomic-friendly work space for yourself. Don’t scrimp on the furniture you need to set-up an ergonomic-friendly home office, your neck, back and wrists will thank you.