Daily Challenge Wednesday Nov. 23, 2011

Everyday Well-Being

Take 5 minutes to see if your work or home computer and keyboard "fit" you.

How to do it

Whether you're using a laptop or desktop computer, take five minutes today to ensure that you and your computer have the right fit. Is your keyboard in a place that allows your shoulders to relax and your arms to rest comfortably at your sides while you type? Are your chair's armrests at a height that encourages you to rest your elbows on them or near your sides? Is your screen one arm's length from you? If something isn't at the right height, adjust your desk, chair, and/or monitor so you can work more comfortably and lessen the risk of injury.

Why it matters

You can develop general aches, pains, and eyestrain if you spend long hours at a computer at work or at home. Some people may even suffer injuries such as damage to the nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the hands, wrists, shoulders, and back. But you can lower the risk of most injuries caused by computer overuse by having good posture and creating an ergonomically correct workstation. Taking a few moments now can prevent problems later on!

Fun fact

The first computer mouse was invented in the mid-1960s by Douglas Engelbart, an American inventor and computer pioneer. The mouse had a wooden shell with two wooden wheels.


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