Five Things That Look Great Standing at an Adjustable Desk
by Kenny Rhoads
Adjustable desks make establishing an ergonomic workspace easy, and we can easily convert an existing stationary desk to a standing desk so you can stand at work too. And, it will be a great boost to your health and creativity, but switching to a standing perspective at an adjustable height standing desk also has a simpler benefit; it makes things look better. Here are the top five things that look better when you stand more and sit less at work.
Reducing the amount of time you spend standing improves you posture which makes you look stronger, healthier, more confident, and more attractive. Of course, there are lots of other things you can do to support this change and increase its effect, as well as exercises and activities that will further improve your posture. But you will notice a very early and powerful effect you’re your posture and others will notice it too, and probably let you know with a smile. Embrace your power, plant your feet, and stand.
2. Your friends’, loved ones’, and co-workers’ faces
Try looking at someone from below them, with your head at roughly the level of their navel, and then stand up and achieve something closer to eye level. You notice that people are most attractive when you see them close to straight on. This is why TV shows, photo shoots, and movies rarely use an up angle to capture subjects. It can make them appear powerful with the right setting, but mainly it just looks unnatural and uncomfortable. Get up on your feet and appreciate your peers’ best features.
3. The world outside the windows
Your desk could be in a cube in the middle of the room or expertly placed in front of a window in your home office. Either way, you are not getting the best view while sitting. Get up on your feet, or better yet, use adjustable tables to do some crafting at home while standing, and take a moment to check out how the view outside changes. You can see further, see more, and appreciate a wider range of people, items, and scenery, unless you have weird windows at chest level that tilt upwards so you can’t see through them unless you’re sitting.
4. Live music
This could just be personal preference, but bands, shows, and concerts seem to look better and be way more enjoyable when there isn’t the option to molder away in boring stadium seating – swanky jazz club tables and chairs are a push. Not only is the experience of being in the audience more electric and dynamic because everyone is moving with the music and unconfined by seating options, but you feel more connected to the band and the performance because you are, like them, on your feet and letting the music wash over you. This isn’t just about how they look, but the whole experience of seeing live music, but it still holds true.
5. The view of the Grand Canyon from above
You have to go to the Grand Canyon to experience this truth, but once you do it’s undeniable. Just looking at the Grand Canyon is majestic, but you cut your field of view by about 50% by doing it while sitting. Most people wouldn’t even try it because there’s no reason to prevent yourself from seeing down into the bottom of the canyon.
We evolved to stand. You can sit at adjustable desks part of the time to make your work and hobbies easier, but you should spend more of that time standing. The world and everything in it just looks better when you do.