Whether you’re a gamer or simply working from home full-time, chances are pretty good that you spend a lot of time at your desk. Unfortunately, as you probably know all-too-well, those long hours often result in back and neck aches but it can even lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).
Furthermore, there have been studies that show that sitting for extended periods of time can cause metabolic syndrome and a number of other health concerns. This includes obesity, abnormal cholesterol levels, excess body fat around the waist, and increased blood sugar and blood pressure.
In other words, your gaming and/or work life may be bad for your health.
However, thankfully there is a “cure” that doesn’t involve giving up your hobby or finding a new job.
Transforming your work or play area into an ergonomic zone is not only better for you but with the right products, it can also look exceptionally nice.
1. A Great Keyboard
Arguably the most important part of your day no matter what you’re using your desk for, the wrong keyboard is one of the main causes of CTS. The customizable Moonlander Mark 1 is not only ergonomic, they’re sharp looking. Furthermore, the switches sit in special sockets and aren‘t soldered on, which means that you can change them out at any time.
2. A New Mouse
The MX Master 3 from Logitech not only compliments your new ergonomic setup, but it’s also the most advanced Master Series mouse you can get. Gamers and employees alike love the all-new MagSpeed™ Electromagnetic scrolling wheel because it’s nearly silent and precise enough to stop on a pixel yet quick enough to scroll 1,000 lines in a second.
3. A REAL Ergonomic Chair
Most gamers know that visiting a local office supply retailer is generally NOT the place to start when looking for an ergonomic desk chair. A lot of products have the word somewhere in the name or description but the fact is, a good portion of them miss the mark.
The BackStrong C1 started out on Shark Tank and it provides elevated comfort that is supported by science and is a really popular choice now. It has Sit in Motion® technology that gives you “optimal lumbar support while effectively moving all 33 of your vertebrae for unsurpassed spinal wellness.” It also has a 60-day satisfaction guarantee.
4. The Right “Foundation”
Scooting that chair across carpet or a dinged/cracked/bent/ or creased plastic mat is not only annoying, it also causes strain that can result in health issues over time. And in a lot of offices, generic chair wheels exacerbate that stress on your body.
If you aren’t replacing your chair with the above, consider getting a set of hubless office chair wheels for your current choice.
Additionally, it’s time to replace that plastic mat and/or cover that carpet/rug with the ideal foundation for any desk setup, the Glass Chair Mat by Vitrazza. The have 18 different sizes available but if you don’t find what you need, you can create a custom design. Best of all, the Glass Chair Mats resist fine scratches and never dent or crack and can hold up to 1,000 pounds. However, if something does damage yours, it’s covered with a transferable lifetime warranty.
5. A Great Desk
As I mentioned at the start of this article, sitting too long every day, even with a nice ergonomic setup, can lead to health issues. Whether you engage in marathon raids or just work a solid 8 hours a day at your desk, you need to stand up and stretch throughout the day.
Sure, you might stand up for a minute here and there but I know there are some of you that do so only for bathroom breaks. In fact, a good portion of you even eat lunch/dinner at your desk.
A quality Bamboo Standing Desk from Fully gives you an opportunity to change the height so that you can adjust from sitting to standing with just the push of a lever. Do this throughout the day for longer periods of standing, stretching, and being active without impeding your computer time.
Having an ergonomic desk setup is important to your health and once you get used to it, it can actually improve various areas of your mobility and reaction times. Whether you slowly start changing out or you go for the gusto and revamp it all at once, it’s time to go ergonomic and the products above are definitely worth considering.