How To Best Use A Sit/Stand Desk

How To Best Use A Sit/Stand Desk

Are you sitting for longer periods every day? Research shows that our bodies are used to moving around and being active on a regular basis. Just sitting all day is unnatural.
This is why the sit/stand desk was brought in.

To help you get up on your feet, let’s take a look into how to get the most out of a sit/stand desk.

Pay Attention to the Height Adjustments

Sitting or standing, posture is always important. With a standing desk, you want your elbows are at the same level as your typing surface. This will keep your wrists in a neutral position.
When looking at your monitor, your eyes should be centered on the screen. Keep your neck and shoulders relaxed and back straight!
Standing at a desk

Keep your Feet Comfortable

Since you’re on your feet a good portion of the day, make sure you keep them happy. That means wearing comfortable shoes with proper support. For the sitting portions of your day, you may be interested in researching foot rockers. These will help encourage movement when your feet would otherwise be still.

Invest in an Anti-Fatigue Mat

Standing still causes stress on the body and will lead to fatigue. Anti-fatigue mats help by providing a cushioned surface for you and your feet. With those shoes we talked about, that’s double the comfort!
Cushioned anti-fatigue mats also encourage some light movement and change in posture while your at your desk. These help slow down your fatigue levels.

Stand Up but Also Sit Down

Use your desk in a standing and sitting position. The best part of a sit/stand desk is that it’s designed to switch between sitting and standing. And, whether your on your feet or your butt, being on either for extended periods of time is unhealthy.
So, switch it up a bit. For part of the day you can stand at your desk and sit for other parts. The amount of time varies per person, but a study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends starting at 2 hours. Just make sure you’ve got a good chair at your disposal.

Take a Break

Switching between sitting and standing is good to prevent being in one position for too long, but adding regular breaks to your day also helps your mind get a chance to relax.

So grab a quick break: go stretch your muscles, get a snack, or reheat your coffee for the third time.
For some, this comes easy, but others may struggle. We recommend using a timer or phone app to help remind you. Set an alarm to go off every 30 minutes to let you know it's time to take that break.

Are you ready to stop sitting down? We sure are. With sit/stand desks, you’ve got options to be on your feet or take a seat whenever you need to. Just remember to adjust the desk to the right height, grab comfortable shoes, use an anti-fatigue mat, switch up between standing and sitting, and take breaks.
Have we piqued your interest? Looking to see what types of sit/stand desks are available? ErgoMania has the perfect selection for you.

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