Five tips for perfecting sit-stand working

Because they enable people to vary their positions, can promote increased activity levels and help to prevent the sluggishness and weight gain that can come from sitting at a desk all day, sit-stand workstations are increasingly popular.

However, the purchase of a sit-stand workstation is only the start when it comes to working more healthily. There are several things every aspiring sit-stand workstation user needs to know:

Standing, sitting and moving

A sit-stand workstation is called this for a reason. It’s all about standing some of the time, sitting at others and remembering to move away from your desk and get regular walking breaks too.

A good office chair is still needed for breaks from standing and for reducing health risks from standing for long time, such as lower limb problems and back pain.

Think posture

Standing up doesn’t mean an end to good posture and ergonomics. Your monitor should be 15 to 30 inches away, with the top of the screen at eye level, and your arms should be at a 90° angle from your body when you’re using your keyboard.

Your back should be in neutral alignment, so you are not leaning backwards or forwards.

Keep your feet comfortable

The soles of your feet must be properly supported when you’re standing up. Wearing comfortable shoes is a must, as is an anti-fatigue floor mat which is designed to reduce pressure and strain on the spine and support the back muscles in periods of prolonged standing.

Multi-device needs

You need to think about the equipment you normally use when you’re working out which model of workstation to use.

If you have a desktop computer, tablet and laptop that you usually switch between, or you need to access any of these in quick succession, think about a sit-stand workstation that can accommodate more than one monitor.

Part of securing the right kind of workstation for your equipment should also ensure it is designed to bear the weight of equipment you intend to put on it.

Accessorising

If you can’t work easily at your new desk, it’s less likely to work out for you in the long term. Don’t forget all those accessories that you pick up day to day, from pens and paper to stapler and hole puncher. Your new workstation should be sited so that everything you normally use is within easy arms’ reach.

To find out more about Banner’s sit-stand workstations:

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