A whole new generation of modern offices is actively adapting standing workstation desk. As sitting has long term and severe health consequences on employees, workers and employers are being open to the idea of standing workstations.
Stand Up office workstations are different from that of the conventional sitting desks. The aspects that need to be considered while choosing a stand-up desk would also be very different. Indo Innovations suggests few things that you should know before buying a stand-up desk:
Mat for your feet: What the one problem you would suspect that you would have when you have to stand for a very long time? Sore Feet! This problem would be especially more prominent when you transition from a regular sitting desk to a standing one. To regulate this problem you need to use an anti-fatigue mat which would help you in standing for long hours. One key aspect of choosing the right mat would be to make sure it is neither too hard nor too soft.
Toss those heels away: Your footwear is going to play a major part in keeping you comfortable while you stand and work at the standing desk. As you would be working for long hours at the desk you cannot afford to wear footwear that keeps your feet in an angle. Flats are the most recommended form of footwear while working with standup desks. You can also choose to not wear any footwear, instead use a mat to stand on.
The height of the desk: Especially when it comes to standup desks the height of the desk is a very important aspect that you need to consider. The height of the desk is going to have a major effect on your posture. If the desk height is too low you might have to stoop, which puts a lot of weight on your arms when you are leaning onto the table. This posture can cause long term back issues. If the height of the desk is too high, you might even struggle to reach the desk which causes strain on your body.
The height of the monitor: The height of the monitor needs to at a comfortable level where you don’t need to either strain your eyes or your neck to get a good look at it. The ideal height of the monitor is determined by a measure where the monitor’s top is directly in line with your centered gaze. Hence, take help of this measure next time you adjust the height of your monitor.
When you have a desk job, whether you stand or sit you would be not moving around much. Regular movements from a static position are vital for your physical health as well as your mood. Let’s look at a few ways you can incorporate movements in your daily work life.
Change your postures frequently: Though standing is better than sitting it is still not recommended to fixate in one posture for a long time. Thus, keep changing your posture throughout the day either by shifting your body weight from one leg to another or by changing the angles of your back and hands.
Regular intervals: Take out a couple of minutes every half an hour to move around or twist your body. You need to move from your working position for better blood circulation. Keep reminders or alarms every half an hour to remind yourself to move from your desk.
Drink enough water: Drinking adequate amount of water is crucial. However, you can turn the activity of filling the water from the water cooler into a physical break for yourself. Try filling your bottle till only some portion so that you have to move frequently to fetch water. It is an easy, smart and healthy way to keep you mobile.
Walk up to people: Minimize the use of intercoms while at the office instead try to walk to up your colleagues to have a conversation personally. This will not only increase your physical activity at the workplace but it will also help you to bond better with your coworkers.
Hopefully, these above tips were helpful for you to transition from your sitting desk to healthier work life.