Standing desks have become very trendy over the last few years. They are being heralded as examples of good health and productivity while working. Since office work is much more unhealthy than people realize, a standing desk is one item that can help people stay healthy while working.
Since a standing desk promotes better blood circulation it can also help you with productivity. Better blood circulation results in better focus and staying attentive while working. If your mind often wanders off when working then you will find yourself far more focused when you use a standing desk.
In this article, we will go over some of the ways to get the most out of your standing desk since using one involves a few things to know.
1 – Maintain good posture
It is really important to not slouch or lean against your standing desk. Good posture is essential. You may need to adjust the height of the desk or add some height to the monitor to make sure you can maintain good posture.
The idea is that a monitor should be around the height of the face so you can look directly at it. Just as it would be if you were sitting. Look for a standing desk for tall people so you can get the right height if you are taller than average.
The monitor should also be around 20 to 28 inches from your face so you aren’t leaning in or away to avoid straining your eyes.
Your elbows should also be able to rest on the desk so they are at a 90° angle to help maintain posture. This is why it is important to get the right height for a desk rather than just add height for the monitor.
2 – Alternate between sitting and standing
Although studies show that standing desks are much healthier than traditional, they also show that standing for too long has the opposite effect. It is much better to have an adjustable standing desk so you can lower it to sit down for periods.
As any barber can tell you, standing in one position for hours per day can do damage to the back and knees. Take some of the pressure off by sitting after periods of 30 to 60 minutes. Sit for around 30 to 60 minutes for each period of 60 minutes of standing. Divide by half if you plan to work standing up for 30 minutes.
3 – Have an anti-fatigue mat
Standing on a mat that has some support is going to save your back and knees. It takes the pressure off of your joints so you can stand for long before bad posture and fatigue set in.
They should be soft so they allow you to sink into them a bit, but push back enough that they support you at the same time. Look for ones that have a sort of gel so they bounce back after you move and don’t get matted down.