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Computer Lap Desk: Save your back, wrists, etc. with the right equipment

As someone who has made my living writing for 15 years, I literally live on my keyboard. At the moment, it’s a laptop. Years ago, when I had my first laptop, I had weekly visits to the massage therapist to unwrench my back and wrist muscles. Too much time spent slumping on a lumpy old couch while using my laptop!

My lap desk up until a month ago has been one I literally purchased when I was in junior high and used paint pens to write my name in stick letters with big dots on the tips (this was the early 80s, after all!). It got me through high school, went to college with me, and has been with me all the time since. I use my lap desk to do everything from pay bills to read the paper. While it still functions, it’s seriously leaking beads and no amount of duct tape seems to fix it anymore. It’s time to let it go. Sniff.

Computer Lap DeskSo I began my search for a new lap desk. I wanted one that wasn’t too expensive (I found many for around $50!), would sit comfortably on my thighs, and wasn’t too big (some are extra-wide for setting on chair arms). What I found even had a non-stick surface so I won’t lose my laptop unexpectedly, a tray to hold pens, and — here’s the best part — a cushy wrist guard for my carpal-tunnel-prone forearms.

The black strip up the center is slightly recessed so it vents the heat from your laptop. Clever.

The only thing that took some getting used to is that the surface is foam and you need to add a harder surface when writing.

Ergonomics is an overlooked part of natural health, but if you can keep your body healthy and strong, then you won’t need to fix it.

I’m just so thrilled with my new computer lap desk that I wanted to share it with you. It’s even on sale right now for $19.99!

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