Improper posture for prolonged periods of time while studying (or playing video games!) can cause a host of physiological problems including neck & back pain, brain fog, heart disease, varicose veins and even increased insulin levels.
- Get off the couch – Slumping over your computer while on the couch or futon causes unnecessary stress on your spine. Unstable surfaces like couch cushions don’t provide the proper support for your pelvis.
- Use the rule of 90/90 – While sitting at a table or desk, you should sit with your knees at a 90 degree angle, and your hips at a 90 degree angle. Using an exercise ball instead of a chair can help encourage this position, while simultaneously working on your core – also perfect for helping to prevent the dreaded freshman 15!
- Sit up straight – your shoulders should be pushed back and directly over those hips. Your ears should line up directly over your shoulders.
- Check your computer screen height – If you’re using a computer, the screen should be about an arm’s length in front of you at eye level. If you’re reading from a book and taking notes, prop up the book on a stand so you’re not constantly looking down.
Bonus tip: Take breaks at least once every hour! Get up and take a walk around your dorm or the library – it’s a great way to stay focused longer AND meet some new friends! There are some great computer and phone apps that remind you to take breaks like Stand Up! or StandApp