If you’re using a standing workstation and are wondering how and where to start, then you may want to read this article to help you get the most out your standing desks. You have read about its benefits, both on your physical and mental health, but are we using standing desks correctly to get the most of all that it offers?
In this blog, we will give you a few standing desk tips and tricks to help you get the best ergonomic experience and make you feel your most productive and active self.
1. Change between sitting and standing
There is increasing evidence that spending too much time sitting is bad for your health. However, standing for too long is not the solution. The best way to work at your sit-stand desk would be to alternate between the two. That’s right; try switching between sitting and standing every 30 to 60 minutes. Research suggests that you should spend 1 hour standing for every 2 hours sitting.
2. Adjust your Desk and Screen
To ensure your standing in the right posture, you must adjust your desk and screen to the appropriate height. Your desk should be set to your elbow height and you must ensure that your elbows are at 90 degrees from the floor. Also, ensure that your screen is at eye level and is 51-71 cm from your face. Adjust the height of your monitor till you reach a position where you don’t need to tilt your neck up or down.
3. Wear the right footwear
While shoes can vary from one person to another, one must ensure that your feet get enough support and the sole of your shoes offer enough comfort to your feet. Try to avoid high heels as it can be hard on your knees while working. Ensure your shoe has good arch support and if you’re wearing closed shoes, make sure there’s enough room for your little toe to move around.
4. Invest in an Anti-Fatigue Mat
While it’s important to wear comfortable shoes or no shoes, investing in an anti-fatigue mat can prove to be very beneficial. These mats are said to reduce fatigue associated with standing for 1-2 hours per day. If you especially suffer from leg pain or lower back pain, the anti-fatigue mats can be very useful. Studies have shown that people who stand for 1-2 hours per day experience less discomfort and tiredness when using these mats. At Progressive Desk we offer Anti Fatigue mats in two sizes.
5. Stretch and Relax
While alternating between sitting and standing, it’s also good practice taking a break in between to stretch out your muscles. It is also advised to take short walks, clear your head and rest your eyes. You can do this by setting reminders on your phone or downloading reminder applications to help you feel your best during your workday.
To maximize the benefits of your standing desk, try out these 5 standing desk tips. If you have any questions or would like to purchase our standing desk, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-828-9414 or email us at email@example.com