We spend a lot of time in front of our computers
so the way we sit at our desks can greatly affect our health. Good ergonomics doesn’t have to be expensive
or difficult but there’s definitely a lot of myths and misinformation that can make
it confusing. Hi I’m David and here are 5 ways you’re
probably sitting incorrectly at your desk Don’t sit up straight
Sitting up perfect straight might look like the most professional and ergonomic posture
and it definitely feels okay at the beginning but over long periods of time, a straight
vertical posture puts a lot of unnecessary strain directly on your spine as you try to
hold yourself up. Try locking your chair in a recline position
to have the back of your chair help support part of your body weight. Even a slight tilt can make a huge difference
to your comfort over a long period of time. Don’t adjust the height of your chair based
on your legs and feet The first thing most of us do when we get
a new office chair is adjust the seat height so our feet are firmly planted on the floor. While this isn’t completely incorrect, for
a computer setup you should actually adjust the seat height depending on where your keyboard
and mouse are. Most desks aren’t height adjustable, and
keyboard trays are becoming increasing rare. This means in most setups you can’t move
how high or low your keyboard and mouse are going to be so they are pretty fixed accessories
that should dictate you seat height. Put your seat too low and your arms will pinch
the edge of the desk, put your seat too high and you’ll end up bending your wrists or
slouching. When at the proper height with your elbows
by your side your forearms and hands should be perfectly in line to work with your keyboard
and mouse. After that’s done if you find your legs
are too short to reach the floor then you should get a footrest or anything to help
support your feet. Don’t use desks with built in drawers
Desks with built in drawers might look great and be convenient for quickly storing away
your trinkets and accessories but they can prevent you from sitting correctly at your
desk. If you followed the last step of setting your
chair height and arms correctly you might now notice that your arms and legs aren’t
that far apart. You only really have a couple inches of space
to work with here. So desks that have extremely thick tops, usually
the ones with drawers in the middle, might physically prevent you from setting it all
up correctly without banging your knees into the desk. Don’t use wrist rests (Use a palm rest)
The ideal way to have your arms when operating your keyboard and mouse is to float them over
your desk rather than rest them on the surface. While this works for short bursts of time,
your arms will probably start to fatigue if you try to do this for too long. So what most of us will do is rest our wrists
on the desk or use a wrist rest. The problem is that now you’re putting a
lot of pressure on your wrists where you have sensitive nerves and exposed veins for blood
flow. Instead when you use these accessories, they
should be used to support the palms of your hands not your wrists. You’re palms are less sensitive to the pressure
of holding up your arms and will help keep the rest of your arm in line. The goal here is to try and keep your arms
and wrists in line and avoid creating any uncomfortable pressure points on your wrists. Or alternatively I enjoy using low profile
keyboards so I can support my entire arm on the desk and still keep everything in line. Standing isn’t good for you. And finally, standing desks are getting pretty
popular these days. The problem is that standing all day isn’t
any better than sitting all day long. The unhealthiest part of working at our desk
is the fact we are stationary for extremely long periods of time. What’s more important is to change it up
as frequently as possible. Move your footrest around, change the recline
on your chair, stand up for a bit if you can, or just walk away from the desk to grab some
water. So those are 5 ways you’re probably been
working incorrectly at your desk but are pretty to easy fix for a more ergonomic experience. And having a good chair that matches your
body is also pretty important as well. But hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do and I’ll see you in
the next video.

5 Ways You’re Sitting Wrong at Your Desk – Computer Desk Setup Ergonomics
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100 thoughts on “5 Ways You’re Sitting Wrong at Your Desk – Computer Desk Setup Ergonomics

  • December 22, 2018 at 5:40 am
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    I know, hammocks. We need more hammocks in the office. And less time working in the office, and more time hammocking in the hammocks. Just develope some AI to do the tedious work while you get down to the important business of chillin in your hammock. Did I forget to mention, hammocks.

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  • December 23, 2018 at 11:26 pm
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    What desk is that

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  • December 27, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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    Thanks. Short and simple. Instant like!

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  • December 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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    Awesome video. Very informative. Thanks.

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  • December 27, 2018 at 9:29 pm
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    What is the name of that table? Is it adjustable?

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  • December 29, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    Thank you so much, I will try your advice in 2019)))

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  • December 30, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    Which monitor is that

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  • December 30, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    What chair is that? I'm interested in buying one

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  • January 1, 2019 at 5:48 am
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    i tried a standing table, made me so tired and uncomfortable.

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  • January 2, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    If i sit like lay back like you showed . I lose my aim .

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  • January 5, 2019 at 2:35 am
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    I am going to buy a computer desk and what do you think as the perfect depth for placing a computer setup?

    Initially, I will just be placing a 27" IPS monitor with its built-in stand and afterwards, I hope to upgrade the setup use a monitor arm to mount the monitor (possibly add another monitor with a dual monitor arm). I am in a dilemma between choosing either 24" depth or 30" depth

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  • January 6, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    Really like your videos David!

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  • January 7, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    http://www.acrp.in/index.php/component/k2/itemlist/user/1052141

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  • January 13, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    A bunch of misinformation from someone obviously not qualified to discuss ergonomics from a medical perspective that will lead to Repeditive Stress Injuries.

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  • January 14, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    Yes… what I did I went on amazon and bought a lumbar pillow by kebado. They said it's "premium", I don't know about that but it did the job for me. I'm using it on my office chair and in my car as well.

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  • January 21, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    I have been using a desk with 20+cm drawers for many years and it’s shit for my computer

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  • January 21, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    “Don’t use wrist wrests” these exist for a reason mate

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  • January 22, 2019 at 3:03 am
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    Desks are built too high as a standard. Everyone’s feet are always off the floor. Instead of buying a “foot rest” buy a shorter desk.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 11:24 pm
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    I want a drawer in my desk ,so suck it..

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  • February 6, 2019 at 7:50 am
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    David, what's your height and what's the brand/model of the chair you're using in this video? Thanks!

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  • February 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    I also thought so before reading Dr Sarno books about TMS and now i know it is irrelevant.

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  • February 15, 2019 at 5:18 am
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    Hey, where should I position my mouse?

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  • February 16, 2019 at 7:39 pm
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    What’s the desk?

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  • February 16, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    The problem is that im struggling with the idea of where to put my stuff at for storage? Instead of having a drawer.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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    What’s the chair you have called?

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  • February 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    WRONG about should not sit straight, as you lean backward while sitting, you are shifting the position of your hipbone, which eventually would lead to lower back pain. As if you sit in this position, as you advised, when you get up, you would feel either numbness or pitching pain at your low back. In addition, the monitor should be at your eye level, as if you adjust your chair too high, like how you demo, you are putting a lot of strain in your neck and shoulder, looking down at an angle which leads to neck and shoulder pain. I am speaking from my real life experience. Now I am PAIN FREE!

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  • February 18, 2019 at 1:16 am
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    'Sitting Wrongly'!! smh 🙁

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  • February 26, 2019 at 10:57 am
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    i literally have adjustable seat adustable table and still never know how to sit confortaby always my back or knees hurt..

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  • March 6, 2019 at 11:21 am
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    💪💪💪💪💪

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  • March 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    Can you please tell me where I can buy that chair! Hard to find good armless chairs

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  • March 18, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    This video is so important! Being a college student, I spend a lot of time doing homework at desks/tables. It’s so uncomfortable for me to do homework using the desk and chair in my room because my chair height is too low, so I have to do homework outside of my room to be productive.

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  • March 23, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    So i have to buy a clothes that have a screen that shows those lines
    Please tell me the price and wyere to buy it

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  • March 25, 2019 at 2:10 am
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    Iwant that arm rest stand!

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  • April 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm
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    Really good.. Thanks

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  • April 4, 2019 at 7:31 am
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    Man thats a new low for me. I cant fucking sit properly lol

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  • April 4, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    My problem is I can't fit my legs all the way under the desk or my feet hit the wall behind. And I'm 5'4" but I have such little space so reclining means I literally can't reach the keyboard unless I push myself under the desk up to my waist, but I cant as my chair wheels hit the wall as do my feet.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    Im a gamer so i wont be sitting back

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  • April 5, 2019 at 4:22 pm
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    Hey david great video, any chance you could give me a model detail of both those desks you have been using in the video? Especially the adjustable one. Thanks and GL on future content 😁

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  • April 8, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    Whats that chair?

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  • April 8, 2019 at 8:16 pm
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    Well, I'm looking for the best way to choose a standing desk Converter- Height Adjustable, any recommendations will be appreciated, how tall I'm? 5"
    Jacqueline

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  • April 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm
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    small wang

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    As someone who actually does ergonomics assessment for a living , your ergonomics are not correct you should have a lower keyboard under the desk , arm rests to support your elbows (which is why you’re SUPPOSED to sit up straight ) and your monitor is not at eye level so you’re straining your neck, which is why you want to slouch because you’re already looking down , your keyboard should also be under you because it should be angled slightly down which is how our hands naturally rest AND you should get a keyboard the creates space between your left hand keys and right keys as you’re angling your hands inward with a traditional keyboard creating another pressure point , the last point I will make , which again will be about your chair , is to get something that actually support your lower back which is again probably why you want to slouch … this assessment is on the house , you did awesome with an adjustable desk though .. buy an ergonomic floor mat for standing

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  • April 17, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    What desk is that?

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  • April 18, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    This was really good! Very helpful. I am finding my upper back is hurting, nice tips, will try these out.

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  • April 20, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    Where did you buy the desk chair? Some reference

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  • April 21, 2019 at 6:57 am
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    HELP PLEASE😫🙏🙏💓
    I need to buy the same adjustable table and chair as shown in this video.
    ★From where I can buy?

    Someone give me the online link to buy this table and chair.

    Please😫🙏🙏💓
    I beg.
    I work continuously 8 hours a day on computers and there is backache, neckache and all.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 11:22 am
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    Why do you sound like such a twink

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  • April 30, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Just left a dislike, no info about the setup (chair, desk…)

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  • May 2, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    how far to be from monitor?

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  • May 2, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    Id like to see you try to play CS with this setup….

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  • May 5, 2019 at 4:29 am
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    FINALLY SOMEONE WHO MAKE HELPFUL VIDEOS. THANK YOU

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  • May 6, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    'standing isnt good for you'. I'm done with this video. getting so tired of these click bait videos 'your taking a shit wrong' etc etc fuck you.

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  • May 7, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    Some good tips, what about monitor hight?

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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    What about gaming chairs?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    chair?

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  • May 26, 2019 at 9:56 pm
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    My main issue with this, and something I've never been really able to figure out short of putting a keyboard on my lap, is that unlike you and I imagine most people, I have really long arms and my elbows stop just slightly above my waist. It's basically impossible for my arms not to be angled up even if my thighs are literally touching the bottom of a thin desk. Especially when leaning slightly back.

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  • May 27, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    I sit like L from Death note xd

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    i watched this with absolutely awful posture

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  • May 30, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    Nooo my desk is built in drawers

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  • June 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    I have to adjust my chair to accommodate my screen, otherwise I’ll be looking down all day and my neck will strain. It sucks for my wrist but unfortunately I have to choose my battles.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    Well Done… very helpful.  I have a pinch nerve in shoulder (not thing nice) now I kinda know why!!  Thank you!!

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  • June 13, 2019 at 1:29 pm
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    No wonder I always have wrist and shoulder pain I’m doing everything wrong! Lol thank you so much for this video 👌

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  • June 19, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    Thank you for making this video. I was getting quite frustrated with trying to figure out how to adjust the height and about to ship my Ergorest back.

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  • June 22, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    my elbow started hurting ;(

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  • June 23, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    This also helped me in my project thanks

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  • June 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm
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    I am outside of the standard deviation. I am having trouble finding furniture which fits to me.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    I like how this video makes point which are not found in any other video. This was probably made through some experience and professional-article reading than through watching all those copy-paste youtube videos

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  • June 26, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    Stfu I'll sit at my desk how ever I want

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  • June 27, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    Where did you buy that desk??

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  • June 27, 2019 at 6:44 pm
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    Those forearms tho

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  • June 28, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    The main concern for this video is that he recommends an ordinary chair for good posture and you can never obtain it with a 90 degree angel. You will be slouching sooner or later garantee it 100 %. Best option is to have a sadle chair that is just tipped a bit forward because when your pelvis is tipped forward it is very hard to slouch because of the spine natural curve!

    Its good that he says that you need to alternate with standing up at you desk to. Increases blood flow and you cant slouch while standing.

    And the footrest is unnecessary.. can give you a pressure point at the heals if doing it incorrectly.

    Im an OT

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  • June 28, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    2:10 Having a properly ergonomic desk when you have disproportionate, lanky limbs that only leave you less than an inch of space between your arms and legs is nigh impossible without a carbon fibre desk or something.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 7:14 pm
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    I've heard that you also should have something to hold your head(headrest).
    But table is extremely cool!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    You were soo right about putting the chair back a little instead of being straight up and down my back immediately felt better when I did that. Thank you be blessed.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Where you bought this desk?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    I recommend TSS students that see this vid through project must not watch,unhelpful and waste of time !!

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  • July 24, 2019 at 5:42 pm
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    What is wrong with the PC class teachers they say you must keep straight and you must use a old pc

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  • July 26, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    What chair is that?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    why you sound like pussy ?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    yeah arm rests cant fit under desk…

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    Demn, I had built a Desk for my PC years back, maybe 10-11 years ago. It has drawers. I can't get close enough to my system. My keyboard rests in the tray and my mouse is 10 15 cm above on the desk surface. So I face a lot of problem in using my mouse. Hand pains a lot.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    From where can I buy that chair?

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  • August 4, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    dude.video was awesome.but u did not mentioned about monitor position

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  • August 7, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    Short version: Don't sit at all

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  • August 20, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    What desk do you use?

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  • August 31, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    The chair without neck protect

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    life saver

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  • September 8, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    there are multiple studies that say sitting for extended periods is bad, you should get a sit stand desk and switch between sitting and standing

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  • September 15, 2019 at 11:00 am
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    You don't have any armrests on your chair to take the weight off your arms/shoulders, which is what is almost universally recommended. Is there some reason?

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  • September 15, 2019 at 11:23 pm
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    i like you. (you handsome) ^-^

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    Setups for pussies*

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:03 pm
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    You're not using an ergonomic keyboard.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    you are awesome thanks.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    Great useful info, especially the drawer part !

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  • September 27, 2019 at 11:26 am
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    I over cooked my hot pocket because I thought I needed to add two more minutes due to the lack of the crisping sleeve.

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  • September 29, 2019 at 8:35 am
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    What kind of footrest do you use?

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    so where do we get the chair

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  • October 8, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    Yo what desk is that tho? I really need a new desk

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  • October 10, 2019 at 11:54 am
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    My chair is the exact same height as my desk so when i put my hands on the end of my armrests and move the chair to the desk my hands get crushed

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