Standing Desks are a really popular way to fight bad posture and discomfort in those long hours seated at work. But does it mean that you should stand all day? Not really…
Here are 5 tips to use a standing desk:
1.Alternate between sitting and standing
Studies have showed that standing jobs are associated with lower back pain and varicose veins.
In fact, being in any position for a long period of time creates stress on your muscles, joints and other soft tissues. Ideally you want to alternate between sitting and standing to avoid bad posture and discomfort.
Practical tip: try to alternate between sitting and standing every hour.
2. Change your mouse and keyboard position
Adjust the position between sitting and standing and your wrists angle will be different.
3. Adjust the screen and desk
Desk height should be slightly below elbow and the screen should be at a distance that you don’t need to hunch to be able to read it. Obviously the exact height differs slightly from person to person.
4.Use arm support if you can
Arm support decreases tension on your wrists and reduces chances of getting shoulder or neck injuries.
5. Take breaks
Remember to take breaks and move around. Go for a walk outside even if its only 5 min, and do so mobility work for 2 min.
Practical tip: If you struggle to remember to do this, you can set an alarm or use an app on your phone to remind you.
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