5 Standing Desk Mistakes Everyone Makes
Standing while performing work tasks can help reduce fatigue, joint pain, and lower back pressure, but there are nonetheless right and wrong ways to use a standing desk. The following article from the team at Eureka Ergonomic discusses how the improper use of standing desks may aggravate certain physical issues. Eureka Ergonomic designs and manufactures standing desk converters, ergonomic home and office furniture and accessories. Standing desk converters allow users to make adjustments easily and seamlessly without disrupting work.
Believe it or not, it is very possible to use a standing desk incorrectly. Although standing while performing work tasks is healthier than sitting for hours on end, if you aren't comfortable while using your standing desk, it's likely you aren't using the desk in an optimal way. Here are five common standing desk mistakes.
- Not listening to your body. Standing in spite of muscle fatigue and pain will only exacerbate the problem – and if standing for long stretches causes any swelling in your limbs or soreness, you are standing too long. Your body will tell you what's good for it, and if standing for several consecutive hours causes you discomfort, sitting down periodically is not only advisable, but beneficial.
- Using the desk at the improper height. While working at a standing desk, you should be able to perform computer tasks with your head and shoulders relaxed and upright, your elbows at 90-degree angles, and your eyes lowered slightly towards the screen.
- Remaining still. Make sure you shift your weight occasionally while using a standing desk. It helps keep your circulation optimized and prevents muscle stiffness.
- Standing with poor posture. Standing with poor posture is just as bad for your back, neck, and shoulders as sitting with poor posture. Keeping your standing desk at the appropriate height will help you maintain a healthy posture.
- Failing to use an anti-fatigue mat. Anti-fatigue mats are cushioned mats that help relieve pressure from your joints while facilitating periodic movement. If you are standing on hard flooring, you'll definitely need an anti-fatigue mat.
If you can't comfortably spend a whole working day standing, don't worry – if you're not used to it, you can (and should) sit down every few hours. Having a well-constructed standing desk converter will help you make desk adjustments as necessary.
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