The Best Way to Use a Standing Desk
You’ve probably heard that standing desks are all the rage right now to provide an ergonomic workspace, and for good reason! Standing desks are an easy way to integrate more movement into your day and reduce back tension that often comes from sitting all day.
But have you ever been shown how to use a sit-stand desk effectively?
There are several tips and tricks on how best to use a standing desk, and several accessories that will enhance your experience while using one as well. Check out our top seven tips on the best way to use a standing desk:
1) Find the Best one that Suits your Needs
First and foremost, you need to pick a standing desk that fits your needs. For example, there are options that specifically cater to taller users so that you don’t have to hunch over just because you have a little extra height. It’s also good to think about whether you want a unit that can function as both a standing and sitting desk, or simply just to use for standing.
Workspace needs are also important to consider. If you have a lot of room to spare, you might want to choose a full standing table for maximum desktop space. If you already have an existing desk that you don’t want to go to waste, a desktop conversion might be the best solution. Or you may want a work station that can move around throughout the office, in which case a mobile desk is the best choice.
2) Add a Footrest
Footrests are a great accessory for any standing desk set-up. By incorporating a footrest into your workstation, you’re able to shift your weight more frequently, increasing circulation and relieving pressure on tired feet.
Some good options for footrests include the Portable FootFidget, the Standard Footrest and the EZ-Ryse Arc Footrest.
3) Try a Leaning Stool
Sometimes you may feel like you’re too tired to keep standing, but also too restless to fully sit. With a leaning stool, you can find the optimal balance in between. The Focal Mogo Seat is a perfect example, and its portability allows you to take comfort with you anywhere you go.
4) Stand on an Anti-Fatigue Mat
An anti-fatigue mat is a must-have for any standing desk user. By including this accessory in your set-up, you’ll reduce pain in your feet and feel confident to use your standing desk more often.
5) Take Regular Breaks
Like anything, it’s important to use your standing desk in moderation. Just as sitting for long hours of the day isn’t good for you, standing all day isn’t either. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to switch between sitting and standing at regular intervals throughout the day. At Fitneff, we recommend standing for 20 minutes of every hour.
6) Add a Monitor Mount
To achieve maximum ergonomic benefits at your standing desk, choose a compatible monitor mount. Monitor mounts place your computer screen at the perfect height so that you don’t have to strain your neck while completing your work. There are several options available that can accommodate for tall users or heavier displays.
7) Add a Treadmill
Last but certainly not last, consider adding a treadmill into your standing desk workspace for that extra addition of movement into your day. The Thermo Tread GT Treadmill fits perfectly under a wide variety of standing desks so that you can walk while you’re working. This adds a wider range of motion and variety into your day; now you can choose between sitting, standing and walking!
So don’t be afraid to incorporate a height-adjustable standing desk into your work flow! With these tips and tricks, you’ll be ready to reap the health benefits from an ergonomic work station for years to come.