Improve your posture while working

Written by: Jon Duffy



Time to read 4 min

Whether you are working from home or still based in the office, it’s important to look after your posture. Sitting at a desk for multiple hours every day can place great strain on your muscles and ligaments, so protecting your posture is a wise decision.

Here are some things you can try to look after yourself and improve your posture while working.

How to improve your posture while working

Sit correctly

At the risk of sounding like an old school teacher, you should try to sit properly in your chair. Keep your back straight and your shoulders back with your feet flat on the floor. Try to avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30 minutes.

Maintain a neutral spine position with your shoulders back, chest open, and head aligned with your spine. Avoid slouching or leaning forward, as this can put undue strain on the back and neck muscles. Engage your core muscles to support your spine and pelvis while sitting.

Height adjustable chairs can also make a huge difference, as can arm rests and chairs with ergonomic designs such as lumbar support. Explore our range to find the ideal model for your office space.

Try a standing desk

Another option is to use a specialized standing desk. They have been growing in popularity in recent years and for good reason. Not only do they help to improve your posture, standing desks can also help you burn more calories, give you a much-needed energy burst mid-way through your day and even help with health issues like back pain and blood circulation.

Standing desks at Maplin

You can find our standing desks here or check out our full collection of desks.

Take regular breaks

Incorporate short breaks into your workday to stand up, stretch, and move around. Prolonged sitting can lead to stiffness and fatigue, so aim to change positions frequently and avoid remaining in one posture for too long.

Practise proper typing and mouse techniques

Keep your wrists straight and relaxed while typing, with elbows close to your body and at a 90-degree angle. Use a light touch when typing and avoid excessive force or tension in your fingers and wrists. Similarly, position the mouse close to your keyboard and use your whole arm to move it, rather than just your wrist.

Find the ideal accessory for your setup

Of course, there are also smaller changes you can make to your work setup to protect your health. A monitor stand can help to raise your screen so that it’s at eye level, reducing eye strain as well as helping with neck and back pain.

There are also footrests to help you find the ideal angle to work comfortably. These can aid with circulation and stress reduction, so you can stay focused on the task at hand. If you do decide to go for a standing desk, there are even anti-fatigue mats to provide that extra level of support.

Check out our range of accessories and create your ideal working setup today!

The importance of good posture

Good posture is more than just sitting up straight; it's about aligning the body in a way that minimizes strain on muscles, joints, and ligaments. Whether you're working at a desk, standing at a workstation, or moving about throughout the day, maintaining proper posture is essential for preventing musculoskeletal issues such as back pain, neck strain, and repetitive strain injuries. Additionally, good posture promotes better circulation, respiratory function, and digestion, leading to improved energy levels, focus, and productivity.

The benefits of good posture

  1. Reduced Risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders: Good posture helps distribute the body's weight evenly, reducing the strain on muscles, joints, and ligaments. This can help prevent common workplace injuries such as lower back pain, neck stiffness, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

  2. Improved Breathing and Circulation: Proper posture allows the lungs to expand fully, facilitating better breathing and oxygenation of the body. It also promotes healthy circulation, ensuring adequate blood flow to the brain and extremities, which can improve energy levels and cognitive function.

  3. Enhanced Confidence and Presence: Maintaining good posture not only benefits your physical health but also conveys confidence, professionalism, and poise. A tall, upright posture communicates assertiveness and self-assurance, helping you command attention and project a positive image in the workplace.

In summary

In the fast-paced, sedentary nature of modern work environments, good posture is often overlooked but is essential for maintaining optimal health, comfort, and productivity. By incorporating ergonomic principles and mindfulness into your work habits, you can cultivate a posture-conscious mindset that supports your well-being and performance throughout the day. Remember, good posture is not just a habit; it's a valuable investment in your long-term health and success.

Sit Correctly: Maintain a neutral spine position with shoulders back, feet flat, and engage core muscles. Take breaks to avoid prolonged sitting and explore ergonomic chairs for support.

Try a Standing Desk: Standing desks improve posture, burn more calories, and alleviate issues like back pain and poor circulation. Maplin offers standing desks for ergonomic workspace solutions.

Take Regular Breaks: Incorporate short breaks into your workday to stretch and move around, preventing stiffness and fatigue from prolonged sitting.

Practise Proper Typing and Mouse Techniques: Maintain wrist alignment and use light touches while typing. Position the mouse close to the keyboard and move it with the whole arm.

Find Ideal Accessories: Consider ergonomic accessories like monitor stands and footrests to improve posture and comfort, reducing strain on muscles and promoting better circulation and productivity.

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.