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Do’s and Don’ts of the Sit-Stand Desk

In order to optimize the efficiency of your sit-stand desk, it is important to customize your workstation to suit your body’s needs. The sit-stand desk is a great tool to have to keep your body feeling happy while also promoting improved productivity at work. Although it might seem straight forward on how to properly use a sit stand desk, every human body is different, which means each individuals ergonomic setup should be tailored specifically for them. So let’s dive right in and talk about the correct ways to use your desk. 

What height should your desk be?

In order to ensure the proper height for your desk while standing, bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle and raise the desk until your forearms are parallel with the desk surface. This desk height will help to prevent injuries to your arms and hands while promoting good posture. Remember, think about keeping your spine tall and your shoulders wide to maintain proper posture. While sitting, use the same measuring technique to adjust the desk to the right height for you. While seated, keep your feet flat on the floor and keep your back supported with the backrest of the chair. 

How long should I stand?

Although it can be tempting to stand for most of the day, this is not what is best for your body. You should aim for spending 15 minutes of every hour standing. Following a pattern of sitting for 45 minutes, then standing for 15 minutes, allows your body to always be in motion during the day. This helps to prevent body aches and pains while keeping your energy levels and work efficiency up as well. 

Sit-stand desks are great tools to keep your body feeling its best during the work week, but it is important to make sure you are using it correctly. Remember to adjust the height of the desk to be parallel with your forearms. Next keep good posture while seated or standing with the mental though of keeping the spine tall and the shoulders wide. Lastly make sure that you switch back and forth between seated and standing while the goal of spending 15 minutes of every hour standing. 

Content provided by Dr. Milton Brinza

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