Are Standing Desks a Good Idea??

In our technology driven world, many people now have sedentary jobs – jobs that keep us glued to a computer screen and a desk.  Having the option of a standing desk helps reduce the health risks that come with sitting all day.

A standing desk can help with the following:

  • eliminating the slouch that often happens when we sit in front of a computer. Standing will improve your posture.
  • according to recent studies, standing desks improve productivity in the workplace.
  • improving circulation and elevating muscle activity.
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But what if you don’t have a standing desk??  Here are some tips to help anyone who spends their day at a desk.

  • Take breaks from sitting. A good rule of thumb is for every 20 minutes of sitting, you should stand up for a couple of minutes. You could make a phone call standing, or walk a couple laps around your desk.  Studies show that alternating sitting and standing frequently through the day will combat the risks associated with sitting. 
  • Set up your workstation properly for your posture. Keep your computer monitors directly in front of you and at eye level.  Your keyboard height should allow you to keep your elbows at a 90 degree angle.  If you’re unable to adjust your chair to your height, you might need a small footstool to keep your knees and hips at 90 degrees. 
  • Avoid sitting with your legs crossed – not only does in interfere with circulation in your legs, it creates extra stress on the low back.
  • If you spend a lot of time on the phone, use a headset. Tucking the phone between your ear and shoulder can lead to neck pain, headaches, and tingling/numbness in your hands and arms. 
  • Focus on your posture. If you feel fatigued while maintaining a good posture, it’s time for a
  • Get up and move for a few minutes and give those spinal muscles a break. 
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