What equipment would you recommend to make the typing practice successful?
If you have the resources, it is a great idea to find an ergonomic keyboard that feels comfortable for your hands and wrists. The key to typing faster and for longer periods of time is to be comfortable and focused. If you have a keyboard that causes you to strain or contort your fingers, you will not be able to reach maximum efficiency.
You may also want to invest in a keyboard cover while you are learning. It is very important when touch tying to keep your eyes off the keyboard. If you have been doing it incorrectly for years, it will be very hard to break this habit. The best way may be to make it impossible.
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As someone who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I can absolutely attest to the importance of this question! That being said, you don’t necessarily need to purchase extra equipment to be safe.
Ergonomics focuses on how best to work in a way that allows for ultimate safety and efficiency. If you search for “ergonomic keyboard” or “ergonomic desk,” you will be sure to find plenty of products suited to make you more comfortable when typing.
However, without purchasing any additional equipment, there are ways to ensure you are working with what you have in the most comfortable way. Many detached keyboards have extendable legs, but it actually makes more ergonomic sense to keep keyboards flat against the surface of the desk. Wrist pads may come in handy when it’s time to rest, but their presence may entice you to develop bad posture when typing. For proper hand placement, the wrist should remain neutral, bent slightly upwards. Having the keyboard tipped up or having a wrist pad may cause you to angle your wrists too harshly.
I am no stranger to physical strains from too much typing, but reading up on proper posture and hand positioning has done wonders to reverse years of damage! Good luck!
Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)