How to use a sit stand desk effectively

Sit stand desks are certainly beneficial when used correctly. These tips will help ensure that you do what’s right for your body and get the most from your investment.

  • Make sure you know how to adjust the desk to the right height for you. Shoulders should be relaxed, arms bent to 90 degrees and hands just hovering over the keyboard whether sitting or standing.
  • Build up gradually to using the desk standing. Often 30 minutes at a time is plenty, and this can be increased gradually over the next few weeks.
  • Try and vary work postures throughout the day even when used to standing.
  • Aim not to stand on one leg only as this tilts the spine and hips. Aim to stand with your weight evenly balanced between both feet.
  • Make sure that you still move away from your desk on a regular basis when standing, to reduce static muscle tension building up. Going to fill up a water bottle half full once an hour is a good way of moving from the desk.
  • Ensure that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor, at both sitting and standing heights. However, if you wear progressive glasses, your screen will need to be lower.
  • You may find that using a wobble board or equivalent, can help to keep your legs and back more relaxed. Also, if standing for longer periods, an anti fatigue mat may help, but it is better to limit the standing time if your legs or back get sore.
  • If starting to lean on the desk, it’s probably time for you to sit down or go for a walk.

Please be aware that standing up to work doesn’t suit everyone, for instance people with varicose veins, plantar fascia-itis, hip, knee or ankle issues, are probably better to sit down to work.