So I’m two weeks into my standing desk experiment – and goodness, how my outlook has changed!
As I wrote in my previous post, this whole thing is not as easy as it looks!
My initial set-up was all wrong – and after several adjustments (and more than a few strange aches and pains at the end of every standing stint) – I decided to ask the experts for help!
And who better to provide me with the answers I needed than the man who founded the company that crafted my beautiful DeskStand, Ryan Roberts.
The top of the screen should be at eye-level and an arm’s length away from you on the top shelf (if you have a separate monitor). Your keyboard and mouse should be on the bottom shelf just underneath the bottom of your bent elbow.
If someone has been sitting for 8 hours a day for many years, it’s difficult to simply start standing and working for four hours.
We recommend gradually standing for longer periods, because this builds up the body’s core strength, which is needed to sustain your standing position.
Essentially the body needs to learn and strengthen up to stand for longer again. We found that it gets easier to stand for longer periods after just two or three weeks of balancing standing and sitting.
Four hours is our recommended max limit for standing or sitting per 8-hour work day. It’s the balance we’ve found that works the best, according to our experience and customer feedback.
It can be good to move from one leg to another while keeping your head back.
Moving while standing is also good as it keeps the body active. A balance board is also a great idea. Using it for 30 minutes a day strengthens your core muscles and relieves lower back pain.
The anti-fatigue foam mat will help you stand for longer too – up to an extra 2-3 hours per day. It takes a lot of pressure off your heels.
A softer surface is always better for you to stand on. Taking off your shoes often helps.