Make sure you avoid these standing desk mistakes
If you decided to purchase a sit/stand desk of your own, or if you already have one, here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid to ensure you are sitting and standing the correct way.
It’s no news that standing while you work is becoming the new normal in the modern day office. As people begin to realize the benefits of standing as opposed to sitting all day, sit/stand desks are popping up in offices around the world. Sit/stand desks can be a great tool to increase your health, productivity, and collaboration at work, but take note that there are wrong ways and right ways to stand. If you’ve done all your research and decided to purchase a desk of your own, or if you already have one, here are a few common mistakes you’ll want to avoid:
Standing too long
Many people have become accustom to the belief that, if you own a sit/stand desk, you should be standing all day. This is far from the truth. Studies* actually recommend that you work towards standing for two hours in the beginning and eventually build up to standing for four hours a day, alternating between sitting and standing. Too much of anything is a bad thing, so don’t negate your standing benefits by ditching sitting completely.
Not having your standing desk at the right height
Even when sitting, many people do not have their desks at the correct height for their bodies, but when standing, it becomes apparent very fast when your desk doesn't match your height.
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A good rule to follow for standing desk posture and height is to keep your elbows at no less than a 90-degree angle and your screen at, or slightly below, eye level**. If you're having a tough time getting into the standing routine or feel like your standing desk isn't working its wonders, this could make a world of difference. Monitor arms specifically designed for standing desks can help you to maintain proper standing desk posture by adjusting your computer monitor height separately from your keyboard height.
No anti-fatigue mat
If you notice your feet getting especially tired while standing throughout the day, not having an anti-fatigue standing desk mat could be the cause. Having a mat under your feet not only gives you the extra cushion you need to stay comfortably standing, but also encourages movement when standing.
One of the many benefits of standing over sitting is the greater ability to move around while working. Having a contoured standing mat or fun music on can help get you moving at your desk and make the most of your standing time.
Having Bad Posture
Posture is something that is extremely important to our health, yet we rarely pay attention to it on a daily basis. Having bad posture when you stand can really put a damper on your standing time and end up giving you as bad of back pain as you had when sitting. It can also cause a variety of health problems ranging anywhere from general fatigue to constricted blood vessels***. To improve your posture at work you can,
- Stand with your head back, and hips upright with an 'S' curve in your spine.
- Maintain good ergonomic principles: find a good chair, use proper pelvic support, have your knees at 90 degrees.
- Raise your monitor height level with your eyes. Your eyes should be 20-28 inches from the monitor screen which should be at a 20-degree tilt.
- Switch to a standing position every 20-30 minutes.
While we pride ourselves in being able to change the way you work with the Varidesk, we know that there are times when you will have to sit. And in our move towards healthy living, we believe it’s vital that you’re able to sit properly and with good posture. This not only improves the condition of your back and neck, but also ensures that the benefits of the sit-stand Varidesks aren’t counteracted. Here are a few tips that you can utilize for those times when you have to sit.