Standing desks are hot right now. I’ve previously made my opinions known about how to approach workstation ergonomics. What I’d like to do today is provide some additional recommendations regarding solutions and products available to help get your setup in a better position.
Variability is King
The body loves adapting to new stimuli. As such, neither standing nor sitting for an extended period (more than 2 hours maximum) is beneficial to our bodies. So in a perfect world, a workstation will give you options to shift and change positions with relative ease.
Even with a sound workstation, integrating regular drills into our days to counteract are biomechanically incongruent world is highly advantageous. In my Full Body Fix video program, I have designed a protocol of simple but effective exercises to address what I call “Desk Worker Syndrome.” Please consider engaging in regular activities like these to help prevent work related aches and pains.
(15 sec Preview of the “Desk Worker Syndrome” Protocol)
A few notes on this self-evaluation picture (click to open in a larger screen). You have to get the seat height right first, then adjust from there. For example, if your seat height is correct (as to get your arms in neutral), but your feet don’t touch the ground – get a foot rest.
One of the most common problems I see when doing in office ergonomic evaluations is that the chair’s arm rests are at an improper height. They are too high and block you from being able to slide under the desk into proper position. Or they are too low and cause you to lean and slouch.
Again, my number one recommendation is to create a setup that is variable. We are not designed to sit (or stand) for hours at a time, no matter how good the chair or anti-fatigue mat is. There are options, depending on your current situation. But typically, if you already have a desk, you’d want to look at a decent chair and invest in something that can easily allow you to stand at as well.
Often this requires a simple desk top converter to rest a laptop / keyboard on and also allows for proper monitor position. This way you can sit and work for a little while, then stand for a bit, then sit and so on
If you don’t already have a desk, consider looking into one that has easy to use height adjustments built in.
Variety is the key to staying pain free!
Standing Desk Conversion Options – Use your existing desk with one of these
Veridesk Pro 30 – Rugged design that gives you the option of collapsed or standing. $375
X-Elite – Slightly less robust, still effective, mid price $289
UpTrak – a little more fuss, for a lot less cash $170
Hon HVL 541 – With Adjustable Arm Rest. – $149
Hon HVL511 – Fixed Arm rest, but great price right now – $106
Hon HVL 210 – Super simple, comfy and affordable for desks that won’t work with arm rests. – $89
Fidget Bar – while standing, use this to move, stand supported and, well fidget. $75 (Coming Soon)
Yours in Health,
Note: I’m not sponsored to endorse these. They’re just recommendations. If you do click through on the link, I will get a (VERY) small referral commission from Amazon Associates which helps keep the majority of this blog free!
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