If a young person decides to pursue a career as a fireman or policeman, they know it is a job full of life-threatening hazards, that’s a given.
If you ask any aspiring web developer what health risks are you concerned about as a developer? You won’t get an immediate answer, because, who expects any health hazards in the web development field. How quickly we forget those marathon gamer’s who paid the consequences of not stopping for a second to hydrate themselves.
Understandably, the individuals, immediate concern is how proficient is their coding skills. Long-term health consequences are not even on their young minds at this time. Remember when you were young, you felt like nothing could stop you, you were almost invincible.
The physical nature of a developer involves sitting and manipulating a mouse with your hand for hours on end. In addition, many developers spend their free time sitting in front of a monitor enjoying their favorite hobby or recreation.
This could include playing video games, editing videos or photos, watching movies, or whatever relaxation that still puts you in the same chair and computer for another set of hours.
All this can eventually take its toll on your back, neck, wrists, thumb, and eyes. To prevent any physical aches, pains, and discomfort in the future, you need to make sure you have the right tools and ergonomics to function pain-free for many, many years.
Quick Ergonomics Tips
- Try a standup desk
- Have a different desk setup for work and play
- Try a ergonomic keyboard and mouse
- Sample various chairs at stores, you may find one more comfortable
- Important: take breaks
- Have an excercise program
As the famous saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
Below are a few infographics that ensure your workstation environment is safe.
Infographic: 7 Things You’re Doing At Your Desk That Will Give You Eye Strain
Infograph: Sitting Disease by the Numbers
Inforgraph: How to Setup Your Desk for Productivity and Ergonomics
Work and Play Safe!