Here’s the Scoop about Standing Desks

X-bytes_WellnessBlog_Banner3-2Are you sitting for over 6 hours a day at your desk at work? Do you get fanny fatigue from sitting too much? How about stiff muscles? Slouched posture? Low energy? You’re not alone. Sitting fatigue is a common problem experienced by office workers that sit for extended periods of time. A solution: Stand up while working.

Dr. Kim at Steelcase Worklife Center, Washington, DC event

Dr. Kim at Steelcase Worklife Center, Washington, DC event


Move of the Month

DESK PUSH-UPS

  1. Stand about arms length away form your desk
  2. Place hands shoulder width apart on desk
  3. Lean toward the desk while bending your arms at the elbow
  4. Keep back flat when leaning
  5. Straighten arms to raise your body
  6. Repeat for 30 seconds or do 10 repetitions

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Are you sitting for over 6 hours a day at your desk at work? Do you get fanny fatigue from sitting too much? How about stiff muscles? Slouched posture? Low energy? You’re not alone. Sitting fatigue is a common problem experienced by office workers that sit for extended periods of time. A solution: Stand up while working.

Sit-Stand Height Adjustable Desks

Sit-to-Stand desks are height adjustable, enabling workers to alternate between sitting and standing, and interrupt prolonged bouts of sitting. These desks are like the “cross-fitness” of furniture!

Looking to replace your office furniture?

Full sit-to-stand desks rise via motor, lever, or airtouch mechanisms from seated to standing height within 3 to 30 seconds. The more elegant and pricey desks are made by Steelcase, Herman Miller and HumanScale furniture companies. Steelcase is about to release Migration, a brand new height adjustable desk at a much lower price point than usually seen in the commercial furniture industry. Ikea makes a simple, cost effective desk that won’t break the bank. I love a large surface area on which to work and Ikea’s 63” by 31.5” desk provides just that. And if you really want to get creative, the solid tabletop can easily convert into a coffee or dining room table too!

Want to keep your existing office furniture?

If you like your existing desk and are not looking to replace it, the add-on / partial desk is a practical, cost effective solution. These platforms or mini-tables sit on top of your existing desk and can be raised to a standing height, taking your desk space to a new level. Veridesk is a seamless solution that has a keyboard tray and is designed for cubicle, modular and corner unit workspaces; other options include Kangaroo Pro, StandSteady, and Ergotron WorkFit, etc. These stand-up desk converter platforms work well with people who don’t need a lot of desk space when standing or don’t mind a two-tiered work platform.

Other cost effective ways to keep your your existing furniture set up are with a stationary / stand up desk or mobile workstation. Stand up desks do not offer the same versatility as sit-to-stand desks. Most are not height adjustable and preclude adjusting the height up or down to accommodate the ergonomic or slouchy postures that evolve or devolve throughout the workday. Mobile workstations are essentially laptop carts, similar to medical/laptop carts that you’d see in hospitals. There are carts that offer sit-to-stand height adjustability using a crank. Some people enjoy their mobility and ability to compartmentalize work tasks throughout the day.

Seeking Portability and Travel Options?

If you work in multiple offices or travel, here are some compact and lightweight options: Traveler Folding Stand Up Desk, Tabletote Portable Compact Laptop Stand, and iCraze Adjustable Vented Laptop Desk.

If you want to “try before you buy” into the standing work culture, have a look at Oristand, a collapsible desk option that is both portable and affordable.

I love my sit-to-stand desk. I take all my phone calls standing up. I do much of my creative work standing because I think better on my feet. Standing keeps me mindful of my posture and enables me to stay more active through the day. There’s also some terrific deskercises and stretches to do too!

I’d love to hear about the pros and cons of your workstations.

And stay tuned for next month – standing mats.

Standing up for good health,

Dr. Kim