Blogger Kirsti has just completed her first two weeks of the standing desk challenge. Last week she spoke about her standing experiences, and this week she asked our founder, Ryan Roberts, the most important questions on how to work and stand correctly.
How To Work At A Standing Desk: 5 Things You Need To Know
So I’m two weeks into my Standing Desk Experiment – and wow, 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 to my standing desk arrangement (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 standing desk, DeskStand’s, Ryan Roberts.
1. What is the best way to arrange your workstation?
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.
2. You advise people to ease into standing (as per the 2-week Stand Working Challenge I mention in my last post). Why do it this way rather than just stand for as long as possible?
The body is not built to stand for long periods, as is the same for sitting for long periods.
If someone has been sitting for 8 hours a day for many years, it’s difficult to simply start standing and working for 4 hours a day.
We recommend gradually standing for longer periods, because this builds up the body’s core strength which is needed to sustain standing for longer periods.
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.
3. Why the four-hour rule? Is standing for any longer bad for you?
Four hours is our recommended max limit for standing or sitting for 8-hour work-day. It’s the balance we’ve found that works the best, according to our experience and customer feedback.
4. What are your top tips for the best way to stand?
Standing normally does it, however, 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 a good addition while standing, use for only 30 mins a day to strengthen your core muscles and relieve lower back pain.
We highly recommend using the anti-fatigue foam mat while standing too! In fact, you can stand for an additional 2-3 hours per day by simply using this mat – it takes a lot of pressure off your heels.
5. I found that my back and the balls of my feet were a bit achy the first few days – is this normal?
A softer surface is always better for you to stand on, no shoes is also good on a soft surface.
Hard floors are a problem if you try stand up to 3 hours.
You can read more of Kirsti's blog posts here.