An Alternative to the Traditional Workstation September 28 2018
Sit-stand stations are a healthier alternative to the traditional desk that encourages immobility. You can raise and lower sit-stand stations to your height preference which gives you the power to choose how you like to work. These desks are a useful tool to use when planning your overall workstation ergonomics. The added adaptability reduces your chances of enduring aches and pains throughout your work day because if one position is uncomfortable, you can move to another. Here are a few considerations to make when choosing your sit-stand desk.
There are plenty of options when it comes to sit-stand stations. The first major aspect to consider is manual or automatic. Decide your budget and what is going to be the most efficient during your work day. There is no point in investing in a work-stand if you don’t take advantage of it. Certain sit-stand stations have monitor mounts and multiple work surfaces while others are more basic with a single flat surface. Think about all of the tools and electronics that you use on a daily basis to decide what is right for your unique situation.
The main benefit of sit-stand stations is the flexibility it allows you throughout the day. You can increase your standing time little by little. This might also encourage you to walk or stretch since you’re already standing. According to the American Cancer Society, people who are not very active and sit for long periods of time are most likely to increase their risk of death. Be sure to add movement back into your work day to lower health risks associated with sitting for prolonged periods. A sit-stand desk can be a tool to help you get there.
In the beginning, doing your work while standing can be exhausting. Start out by standing for 20-30 minutes per day and increase gradually overtime. Before you know it, you’ll be standing more than you sit. When you’re taking advantage of the standing height, stand in the correct posture without putting any weight on your desk. For added comfort invest in supportive shoes and an anti-fatigue mat. It is also important to alternate between brisk walking and stretching as well. Standing alone can only do so much for your health and comfort level in the workplace.
Traditional desks force you into remaining sedentary throughout the day. Sit-stand desks allow the flexibility you need to adopt an active lifestyle. Consider all of your options to find the right fit for your budget and workstyle. Once you start using a sit-stand desk, don’t try to stand for long periods of time right away. Work up from 20-30 minutes and take breaks to walk and stretch to lower your risk of health problems. If you decide to take the plunge and invest in a sit-stand station, Ergo Works can install it in accordance with sound ergonomic principles. Contact us to learn more.