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5 tips to using your standing desk correctly

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The rising popularity of the standing desk

As we become more aware of the impact sitting and slouching have on our bodies, the standing desk has slowly increased in the workplace. But what is a standing desk, and is it as good as it sounds? A standing workstation is a type of ergonomic workplace explicitly designed to promote the practice of standing at work. A standing desk is a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working. Standing desks are often adjustable, allowing users to adjust the desk's height to accommodate different sizes. Some models will enable the user to alternate between standing and sitting.

Research suggests that using a standing desk may help reduce back pain, fatigue and stress. Studies also suggest that it may increase productivity. Standing desks have become increasingly popular in recent years. Standing at your desk all day may not be ideal, but there are many reasons why you should consider using a standing desk. This month, Recycled Business Furniture looks at how a standing desk could help you and your physical health in the workplace.

How to use your standing desk correctly

Whether you are thinking about getting yourself a standing desk or already have one, it's essential to know how to set it up and use it correctly so your body doesn't suffer. RBF has given you their top five tips below on using your standing desk correctly to make the most of your newfound office life.

Adjusting your standing desk

Just like adjusting your desk correctly when sitting, you should take some time to ensure your standing desk offers you the same level of support. Your desk should be at elbow height to allow you the proper support. Keeping your wrists straight and parallel to your desk surface will give you the right room to work comfortably.

Standing correctly whilst at your desk

We all know that standing for too long can get tiresome, so it's important to adopt the correct posture when working at a standing desk. Keep your neck tall and your shoulders relaxed whilst at the desk, but don't lock your knees into place, or this could cause issues further down the line.

Screen positioning for comfort

As you can use your standing desk as a traditional sitting desk, it's vital to get your screen level correct for sitting and standing. Your screen should always be at eye level when standing so you are not straining your neck to look up, and you avoid looking down constantly. While sitting at your desk, your screen should also be at eye level to ensure a comfortable working area.

How long should you stand for?

Evidence suggests that we spend far too much time sitting throughout the day. This can have an adverse effect on our bodies and minds, and the standing desk aims to combat this. As you can alternate your standing desk between sitting and standing, it is recommended that for every two hours you spend sitting, you should spend at least one-hour standing. Simply use the controls on your desk to adjust your height easily.

Purchasing the right equipment

Do you need extra equipment to support you at your standing desk? When purchasing things like a mouse mat and keyboard, you may also wish to consider an anti-fatigue mat. These mats are great for those who are working with a standing desk and would like to stay feeling motivated. For those unfamiliar with these mats, they work to improve blood circulation and keep your muscles from locking up.

The health benefits of using a standing desk

According to the NHS, 'studies have linked being inactive with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and early death. Sitting for long periods is thought to slow the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar and blood pressure and break down body fat'. Combatting these rising concerns is the introduction of standing desks into your workplace.

Health benefits of a standing desk

  • Lowers risk of weight gain and obesity
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Reduced back pain
  • Improve mood and energy levels
  • Boost productivity in the workplace

Not only can the introduction of a standing desk help you in the workplace, but if you are looking for ways to remain active and productive during your working hours, it is just as essential to take regular breaks away from your computer screen. Walking and pacing can also support your active lifestyle. Recycled Business Furniture recommends introducing your standing desk slowly, don't suddenly go from sitting all day to suddenly standing - this is likely to cause backache and definitely some foot pains! Instead, introduce your new way of working slowly, starting with 30 minutes at a time and gradually increasing as your body is happy to do so.

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Choose the perfect standing desk with Recycled Business Furniture

At Recycled Business Furniture, we know the importance of ensuring you remain comfortable and motivated in the workplace. That's why we stock hundreds of standing desks and ergonomic chairs to help you and your workforce during those office hours. For decades, we have been supporting offices with their furniture fit-outs, and as our furniture is secondhand, our prices are always more cost-effective.

If you are looking for a great introduction to a standing desk, get in touch with Recycled Business Furniture today and see how we can help!

updated: 1 year ago