How To Use A Standing Desk

Standing desks have become all the rage with the aim to improve productivity, health and overall fitness levels. If you have recently been given a standing desk or are thinking of implementing them into your workplace, read below to ensure they are used correctly and safely for optimal results.

  • The right height - Choose an adjustable desk so that your laptop or computer meets your eye level.

  • Stay balanced - When you first start out using a standing desk, try and keep both feet planted firmly under the hips, knees slightly relaxed to avoid hyper-extension. This will reduce tension and risk of injury. Many people find that they lean to one side of the body when fatigued, so rest regularly to avoid side favouritism.

  • Ankle care - Standing can place pressure on your ankles so move them regularly, try rotating in a clock-wise and an anti-clock wise direction. Rest when you need to and stretch regularly by including plantarflexion and dorsiflexion movement.

  • Keep moving - You still need to keep moving throughout the day so ensure you continue to walk around and take short breaks, just as much as you would if you were sitting. Make a point of walking to the kitchen and back or to the toilet every hour.

  • Mix it up - Avoid standing all day, mix between half the day seated and half the day standing to avoid unnecessary back and hip flexor pain, your feet will also need a break from holding you upright after a few hours.

  • Take a rest - When starting out with a standing desk, tune into your body and take regular rests from standing when needed. Try half an hour sitting and half an hour standing at first and then build up from there.

  • Hard floors are no fun - Rubber anti-fatigue mats are a great investment if you are standing on hard flooring all day. They provide extra cushioning and support for the feet and are non-slip. 

  • The right shoes - Invest in a few good, sturdy and comfortable pairs of shoes that you can wear to work. They may not look fashionable, but your feet will thank you in the long term. Bring a spare pair of dressy shoes to keep in your desk at work for meetings and client liaising. 

Don’t forget that other exercise, such as; strength training and stretching is very important to maintain optimal muscular and bone health. Continue your regular exercise routine along with your standing desk routine to benefit more from being less sedentary.