Standing desks have become popular recently, and as a result, there is a great deal of conflicting information available. Many of the objections to standing or adjustable desks come from misunderstandings about how they should be used or from assumptions about what using these desks will require. Here are three common myths about standing desks.
You’ll Get Tired Too Quickly
In fact, standing to work helps you maintain your energy over the course of the day. It takes much of the strain off your back, allows for better circulation, and lets you breathe more easily. All of these help reduce lethargy and distracting aches and twinges. Standing also discourages you from holding yourself stiffly in a single position for too long. You will find it more natural to walk around your workspace and shift your balance whenever one part of your body needs to rest, and it lets you move without thinking about it, allowing you to continue focusing on your work.
Standing is Painful
Bad posture can make any position uncomfortable over time, but standing makes it much more difficult to slump or slouch. When you first start to stand while working, do it for short periods, paying close attention to your body’s signals: when you start to feel stiff, lock up your knees, or become tired, sit down for a while. As you become used to standing, you will be able to work for longer periods of time. Work your way up to about twenty or thirty minutes of standing and alternate this with similar periods of sitting. It is a good idea to check that you are wearing shoes that give your feet, ankles and hips enough support and balance. You may also want to set up a floor mat if the floor of your workspace is particularly hard on your feet and knees. As long as you are standing correctly and varying your position from time to time, you should experience less discomfort than if you were only sitting.
You’ll Have to Stand the Whole Day
Whether you are sitting or standing, staying in one position for most of the workday is not healthy. Standing has its own set of potential health problems, just as sitting does, and you should not be doing either one for more than about half an hour at a time. While you stand, shift from one foot to the other and move around your workstation; while you sit, try different postures and allow yourself to fidget. Take frequent breaks, move between a standing desk and a sitting desk, or invest in a more convenient height-adjustable desk and change its position regularly. If you find that you are losing track of time and sitting or standing for longer than is comfortable, set a timer to remind you to move.
The Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation allows for quick, easy changes from sitting to standing and back again. For more information, visit our product page or contact a representative of Uprite Ergo.