Good ergonomics are just as important in the kitchen as they are for your workspace. Unfortunately, bench heights are often too high or too low for many people, resulting in strained shoulders and back and neck pain when cooking. Real Simple offers two solutions: stacked cutting boards or a sturdy stool.
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Check the height of your bench before you start chopping:
Put your arms at your sides and bend your elbows to 90 degrees. The surface should be no more than a few inches below your hands. If it's too low, stack cutting boards; if it's too high, stand on a sturdy stool. To lessen back strain, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, shoulders back and knees soft.
Hit up the slideshow below for more tips on improving your posture in various places beyond your desk.
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