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Marlborough Royal Ascot tips for Wednesday, June 21


Welcome to our daily tipping service by Telegraph Sport’s champion tipster, Marlborough. Attending a meeting today? In need of some guidance? Or fancy a flutter? You’ve come to the right place. Each day, Marlborough will bring you the best bets from every race at every racecourse around the country. We have all bases covered, from the bright lights of the Cheltenham Festival and Glorious Goodwood to a low-key evening meeting at Chelmsford City. Looking for a daily nap? There is no better place to come. Marlborough will indicate his top tip for the day in traditional style, with any other notable selections highlighted with “nb.”

So come back every evening for Marlborough’s daily selection. Good luck. When working from your home office, you may not take as many breaks as in a traditional office. You may find yourself working for hours before getting up from your chair, as the interruptions are normally fewer to distract you. Because of this, it is critical that you take care of yourself – and arm yourself with the basic ergonomics to prevent or at least minimize any physical strain due to computer work.

Here are 12 tips for setting up an ergonomic computer workstation:

1. Use a good chair with a dynamic back and seat pan. Would you please sit back and use it instead of leaning forward

2. Position the top of the monitor casing 2-3″ (5-8 cm) above eye level

3. Use a no-glare screen and an optical glass anti-glare filter where needed

4. Sit at arm’s length from the monitor

5. Place your feet on the floor or stable footrest

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6. Use a document holder, preferably in-line with the computer screen

7. Keep wrists flat and straight about forearms to use keyboard/mouse/input device

8. Your arms and elbows should be relaxed and close to your body

9. Center your monitor and keyboard in front of you so you are not turning to use them

10. Use a negative tilt keyboard tray with an upper mouse platform or downward tiltable platform adjacent to the keyboard for the best wrist angle

11. Use a stable work surface and stable (no bounce) keyboard tray

12. Take frequent short breaks (micro breaks)

Ideal typing posture: Negative slope keyboard support

In the ideal typing posture, static and dynamic muscle loads are minimized. This posture is achieved when the keyboard is below seated elbow height and the keyboard base is gently sloped away from the user so that the key tops are accessible to the hands in a neutral posture. The arms, shoulders, neck, and back can relax in this position, especially during brief rest pauses. Also, the low back rests against the chair’s lumbar support in this slightly reclined sitting position. The elbow angle is opened to promote circulation to the lower arm and hand, and the abdominal and popliteal angles (behind the knees) are opened to promote blood circulation. The feet rest firmly upon the floor.

Problem postures:

Desktop keyboard –

Typing at a keyboard on a desk is a common work posture for many computer users. In this position, it is difficult to maintain the wrist in a neutral posture because the forearms sag as they tire, which puts the wrists into greater wrist extension. Also, most users have to work with their elbows flexed, which can compress the median and ulnar nerves at the elbow and restrict blood flow to the hands. Working with the forearms sloping up increases muscle loads in the upper arms, shoulders, and neck. Working in this position for more than 3-4 hours invariably leads to muscle fatigue.

Conventional keyboard tray –

Typing at a keyboard on a conventional articulating keyboard tray can increase postural problems for users. Working with the keyboard more steeply angled on the tray is common for many computer users. In this position, it is also difficult to maintain the wrist in a neutral posture because the forearms sag as they tire, which puts the wrists into greater wrist extension. Studies have failed to show that conventional keyboard trays substantially improve wrist posture.

Of course, there are other ergonomic factors, such as proper lighting, ventilation, mouse use, furniture heights, styles, and phone equipment, to name a few. Research what will be best for your specific situation and budget. Take care of your body now, and it will take care of you in the future.


Geneva A. Crawford
Twitter nerd. Coffee junkie. Prone to fits of apathy. Professional beer geek. Spent several years buying and selling magma in Miami, FL. Spent a year lecturing about psoriasis in Las Vegas, NV. Managed a small team writing about circus clowns in Las Vegas, NV. Garnered an industry award while writing about lint in the financial sector. Spoke at an international conference about getting my feet wet with dust in Libya. Spoke at an international conference about researching rocking horses in Bethesda, MD.