Since early last year, many people have shifted from in-person schedules to hybrid or remote ones. One of the biggest disadvantages to this work shift is sedentariness, which can have terrible consequences on your health. If you’re one of the millions of people who transitioned to remote work, the thought of getting an ergonomic workstation might have crossed your mind. If you’re looking for a comfortable and ergonomic solution for your home office, a standing desk is your best bet.
Standing desks have gained a lot of popularity throughout the years, and for good reason. While different home office desks — from writing desks to L shaped desks — can all serve their purpose in a home office, standing desks take it a notch further, giving you a chance to work in comfort and maintain a more active lifestyle.
There are many benefits to having a sit to stand desk in your office area, but you still might have questions about them. Let’s try to answer some here and shine a light on how beneficial a standing desk can be.
It’s normal to ask this question when making the choice between a standard desk and a height-adjustable desk. The answer here is a resounding yes. A standing desk is a practical, and ergonomic versatile option for anyone working in a home or commercial office, as it offers comfort and helps improve your mood and productivity.
According to a study by Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health, standing desks truly help boost productivity in workers. The study monitored 167 employees in a Texan call center over a period of six months, finding that employees using standing desks were more productive than their counterparts working at standard desks. The productivity increase kept soaring, reaching over 20% after the first month and more than 50% after six months.
Furthermore, there are a host of diseases and conditions linked to sedentary lifestyles. It’s always a great idea to get some exercise in your day, in any way possible. It’s understandable that busy lifestyles lead to lack of exercise. Finding time to go to the gym or for a run can be challenging when you have work, family, and other priorities. An ergonomic standing desk can help you maintain an active lifestyle without having to dedicate extra time for physical activity.
It’s a great choice for people who are often busy and wish they could find time to maintain a more active lifestyle. Whenever you feel tired of sitting, simply adjust your workstation so you can stand comfortably while working.
There is more than one type of standing desk, so let’s begin by stating their differences. The two main categories of standing desks are electric and manual standing desks. With an electric standing desk, all you need to do is push a button, and your electric standing desk will either go up or down, depending on your preferences. Some models let you save preset a few height options, so that you won’t have to reset your electric desk height every single time you want to sit or stand. With a manual desk, you’ll have to manually lift the top surface and adjust it to the desired height. Manual desks are often bigger, like in the case of an L shaped standing desk.
In general, you should adjust your standing desk in a way that will allow you to stand straight while working. If you lift the surface too much, you’ll put too much pressure on your arms and neck to reach your keyboard. Your shoulders should be relaxed. Similarly, if your desk isn’t high enough, you’ll be likely to hunch over it. Try to keep the surface balanced so that you’ll comfortably stand straight in front of your computer screen. You monitors should be at a comfortable height for your eyes and your upper body.
Additionally, some people love adding a standing mat so that their calves and feet get some extra support while standing. It’s a great option if you’re slowly easing into a more active position at work, one that will give you that little bit of extra support.
The answer to this question depends entirely on you and your body because every worker is unique. Some people prefer to complete a task without interruptions. Others prefer to shift between positions because it makes them stay upbeat and more active. It all depends on you.
However, it is advisable to take a small break every hour or so. Even though it might seem natural to want to keep working when you’re absorbed in a task, taking regularly scheduled breaks can really help you maximize your productivity.
If you find it hard to remember when to sit and when to stand, you can set up an alarm to remind you. Alarms are the best way to remember not to spend all day in one position, and your back and your posture will thank you for regularly changing your working position.
Similarly, taking little breaks throughout the day can also help with productivity. It doesn’t have to be a large break. Simply shifting your gaze from your monitor, stretching for a minute or two, or having a glass of water is already a great start.
If you like coffee or the occasional snack, a great addition to your standing desk could be a bar cabinet. You can transform it into a small coffee station or use it as a little cabinet to store snacks and even work materials or supplies.
As mentioned earlier, a standing desk definitely does help with a host of issues. In general, across industries, it is widely reported that those who work in more active positions report overall improved health and mood throughout a work shift. This, of course, has effects on our personal life as well. Spending the day in an uncomfortable position or leading an excessively sedentary lifestyle can have a bad effect on the rest of your day.
Your posture and overall health will benefit greatly from a standing desk. Furthermore, there is a link between obesity and sedentariness, and a standing desk can help you stay more active while at work.
In terms of mental health, some studies have suggested increased levels of anxiety and depression in people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise is the best way to boost mood and productivity, and standing during work is no exception.
The amount of time you should be standing at your height-adjustable desk varies from person to person. If you’re used to a spending a lot of time on your feet, you can even stand for most of the day, should you prefer that. There are not strict rules on how much time you should stand at your desk. It all depends on your comfort level.
If you’re just making the shift to a more active working position, our advice would be to start small. No need to put pressure on yourself or keep standing if you feel uncomfortable. You can switch from sitting to standing little by little. Even 30 minutes per day to break up the monotony and sedentariness of sitting all day can make a huge difference.
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More great reasons to invest in a standing desk: lack of clutter and space optimization.
Both electric and manual standing desks can save space if used right. Electric desks are often compact and can fit anywhere. They can be repositioned easily wherever needed in the home.
Height-adjustable L shaped desks are bigger and have wide desktops, but it doesn’t mean they can’t help you maximize space in your home. Place yours in the corner of the room to instantly free up tons of space in the center. Additionally, clutter won’t be an issue anymore thanks to the large desktop and strategic L shape of the desk
While lack of space and spending excessively amounts of time at home can lead to cluttering your office, placing your sit to stand L shaped desk in the corner will help you visually detach your office area from the rest of the room, ensuring it stays neat and tidy.
A standing desk is truly a great investment. Even a small standing desk can make a great impact in your home; a small space sit-stand desk is usually compact, easy to reposition, and very versatile. Standing desks for small spaces are the best way to ensure boosted productivity and space optimization in your home, all while keeping clutter at bay. We offer several small adjustable desk options that are perfect for small spaces. Many of our electric standing desks come in variety of sizes to fit beautifully in your small space.
Now that you know so much more about height-adjustable desks and their benefits, it’s time to start shopping for the perfect standing desk.
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