On your toes: A commentary on working while standing

It’s no news flash that sitting at your desk all day poses negative health risks. But “all day” reveals the key here. Standing all day isn’t the solution either. The real killer is remaining sedentary during a full day’s work.

That’s why TCD has invested in adjustable standing desks for designers Megan and Laura.

Their standing desks allow them to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the workday, increasing activity and productivity. The switch in position allows the body to move, benefiting physical and mental health.

A quick Google search will present hundreds of studies revealing that workers who practice this discipline of sitting and standing not only stay well but stay engaged and more alert also. Sitting, especially with poor posture, can leave employees cramped and fatigued at the end of the day.

Our designers use the VARIDESK Pro Plus 48. This standing desk holds two monitors on its top tier and a keyboard on its bottom tier. The raised monitors encourage better posture by keeping the head and neck up rather than hunched over.

“I absolutely love my standing desk,” Laura said. “It’s easy to raise. Plus, it’s very spacious, so it helps me stay organized too. It’s nice to be able to stand up and stretch my legs and then to be able to sit down when I start to wear from standing.”

With 11 adjustments, it’s easy to set the desk to your desired height. This is best determined when your arms are perpendicular to your body, with your forearms resting flat on the bottom tier.

“When friends and family swing by the office, the standing desk is usually the first thing that catches their eye, which typically leads to a quick demonstration,” Megan said. “It’s so easy to pop up from sitting to standing, even with two ginormous monitors and the keyboard tray.”

If you don’t have a standing desk, you can still practice good posture when sitting. Engage your abdominal muscles, and practice leg lifts and stretches under your desk. Another solution is to sit on an exercise ball (or some other chair that’s just unstable enough to keep you moving and supporting your weight). Take a break every 20–30 minutes to stand up — even if it’s just for a moment. It’s also a good idea to walk every so often. In our office, we encourage water consumption, so that can provide good reason to get up for a drink.

Take steps to be more active in your workplace. Find out if the VARIDESK Pro Plus 48 fits your workplace needs.

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