Switching to a Standing Desk at Work

I have been talking with a fellow office cube monkey about my transformation to a standing desk and how I have essentially rallied behind this healthier way of working.  She asked me how in the world my boss would be on board with this idea. I hadn’t thought of this but I had no resistance from my boss. Thank you boss, I like you.

Have you wanted to transform your office space at work to a standing desk? Nervous to discuss the topic with your boss? Here is my tip:

Yell at your boss:  “I don’t want the sitting disease!”

I am only kidding. Lead with the productivity, healthier work day and ergonomics of the standing desk.

Adjustable Height Desks and Conversion Kits are perfect for your office work space, and the bonus is the latter is very practical and affordable.

So how do you get the ball rolling? Have the conversation with your boss. Do some research. Use the words, sitting disease. Show them the handout below.  Please know I am here for you.

Below is some very handy information by Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Sitting Disease by the Numbers

Ergonomics of a Standing Desk

As in previous posts we have discussed how a standing desk can lead to a healthier and more productive way to work.  We have also discussed the Optimal Standing Desk Height.

Good news is that if you’re reading this post about the ergonomics of a standing desk, you’ve already made the leap or are in the process of improving your overall fitness.  Good for you!

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Before we get to measurements, we need to discuss the primary complaint of new standing desk users.  Leg and back soreness.

While some soreness is normal while the body strengthens and adjusts to standing for extended periods of time, most of the initial soreness can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes and using a standing desk anti-fatigue mat.   But not all anti-fatigue mats are designed for use at workstations, see here for our standing desk mat buyer’s guide which covers what features to look for, and our favorite pick.

 

Pictured below is a guideline to follow to make sure you are positioned correctly while you are standing or sitting at your ergonomic standing desk, whether it’s a adjustable height table or adjustable conversion desk.

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 The mayo clinic recommends the following ergonomics of a standing desk:

Posture: When using a ergonomic standing desk, keep your legs, torso, neck and head approximately in line and vertical.

Desk: Choose a desk that will allow you to keep your wrists straight and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. Don’t use books or boards to change the height of your desk.

Monitor: Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. Position your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.

Keyboard and mouse: Place your mouse and keyboard within easy reach and on the same surface. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.

Key objects: Keep key objects — such as your telephone, stapler or printed materials — close to your body to prevent excessive stretching.

Headset: If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck. Experiment with various styles until you find the headset that works best for you.

Source: Mayo Clinic

Don’t sit, stand at your desk!

mf-standing-deskb_fHave you heard of the latest; sitting at your desk is shortening your life? That is the gossip I have been hearing today. But there seems to be a simple solution and I am willing to share it.

If you sit at a desk everyday, or at least Monday through Friday, you might want to consider the newest trend to stand at your desk. Think about your work day and the time you spend sitting at your desk. You might come up with roughly 80% of your time. In that time you are becoming more at risk with your health from developing diabetes, blood clots and even increasing your chances of a heart attack.

Solution
So let’s get back to the simple solution, being healthier. Wait, this is not a health article it is a straightforward article to be more ergonomic and the plus side just happens to be that it benefits your health. Now think about this, would you like to be more focused, have a better mood, and increase your productivity all while burning calories and increasing your life?

If you answer no to this statement, stop reading now. If you said yes, consider transforming your everyday sit down desk into a standing desk.

Find the right fit
Now of course companies have come to light on the trend of standing desks and it could be as simple as finding one you like and purchasing it. Or maybe you have more of the DIY personality and want to create your own. Either way anyone or everyone should be doing this. Below are some of my suggestions for buying a standing desk. You’re welcome for helping you become a healthier and more ergonomic human being.

The already made and ready to order standing desks.

  1. Adjustable height desk
  2. Mobile workstations
  3. Treadmill Desks
  4. Conversion Kits (for you DIY’ers)

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