It has become common knowledge that sitting at a desk all day is not the healthiest way to work, but there is less information available on how to best use a standing or height-adjustable desk. Here are three things to remember when making the change to a more ergonomic workstation.
Watch Your Posture
Pay attention to how you stand. If you frequently bend over, hunch your shoulders or tilt your head up or down to see the screen, you may develop back, neck and other pains. Proper posture will take much of the strain off your joints and muscles, allow for unimpeded circulation and improve your metabolism.
Your keyboard should be high enough that you can comfortably type without bowing your back. Your monitor should be at eye level; you should not have to bend your neck to see the screen. Your spine should be straight, so that you are neither leaning forward nor tilting your hips to one side, and your weight should be balanced evenly between your right and left sides.
Give Yourself Time to Adjust
Instead of jumping immediately to a constant standing position, try alternating between standing and sitting. Start with short periods of standing: your body needs time to adapt to the new position, and frequent changes of position will give you opportunities to examine your posture and your body’s condition. As you become more comfortable with standing, you can start to slowly increase the proportion of time you spend standing.
Be careful not to go too far. Just like sitting for too long, standing constantly can cause health problems. Pay attention to signals like stiffness and lethargy: these are signs that you should change your current position. Even after you have adjusted to standing while working, you need to maintain some variation in order to keep your energy up and your body comfortable.
Integrate Movement into Your Routine
Break up your work with brief periods of physical activity. This will help keep your circulation, respiration and metabolism active. Remember that you need to keep your blood flowing to provide your body and brain with energy to function, as well as to keep you from getting chilled or stiff.
In addition, short, regular walks or other activity can help to loosen your muscles and relieve aches caused by uncomfortable positions as you are learning to correct your posture. It takes time to build good habits, and taking breaks will keep you from getting so absorbed in your work that you miss your body’s signals that something is off. Give yourself regular times during the work day to stretch, move around and assess your body’s condition. This is a good point to adjust your desk to stand if you have been sitting, or sit if you have been standing.
Invest in a Height-Adjustable Desk
It is worth looking into a desk that allows for quick changes between positions, both for the adjustment period and afterward. The Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation can be rearranged in just a few simple movements. For more information, visit our product page or contact a representative at Uprite Ergo today.