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  • Writer's pictureRobert Brovarnik

The Best Position to Work In

When you're stuck working at your desk all day, you may wonder what the best position you could be in to prevent back, shoulder, or neck pain. As you can see from the image above you can be sitting in a more optimal position. However, while this may be the best position to sit in at your desk, sitting in this "ideal" position for 8 or more hours of work is a losing strategy.

Paradoxically, the best position to be in while working on your computer is no single position. Let me explain... The best thing you could do to prevent back, neck, and shoulder discomfort is to continue to change positions throughout the day. This will prevent your body from adapting and being "stuck" in one single position for an extended period of time.

Since most of us are working from home currently, we have access to a variety of options to choose different positions to work in. Here is a list of some options:

  • Sitting at your desk (as shown above)

  • Standing at your desk or countertop (standing desk is great)

  • Laying on your stomach with a cushion under your hips

  • Sitting cross-legged in your chair (if possible)

  • Sitting on the ground with a backrest (bed/couch/cushion) with your laptop on the coffee table (something to elevate the laptop)

There are many options to choose from, the most important thing to keep in mind is to keep changing positions. Don't spend too long in a single position! Here is a graphic of some good and bad work positions to get the creative juices flowing of what positions can work for you.

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