Reduce Stress on the Body with a Standing Desk
by Kenny Rhoads
In an effort to reduce stress on the body and help lead healthier lives while working, many individuals have opted to work at an elevated ergonomic standing desk. While doing so, some individuals have ended up standing for more prolonged periods of time. Upon doing so, research has discovered new health risks can develop however. This being the case, health professionals recommend mixing both sitting and standing while working; it’s the movement that really matters. Consequently, choosing an adjustable height standing desk is the best course of action to get the greatest health benefits out of both sitting and standing positions while at work.
When Standing Too Long Is Too Much
Some standing desks are fixed in one position much like a sit-down desk would be. Oftentimes, in an attempt to reap the rewards of standing while working some people develop new problems such as leg pain, sore feet or even back pain due to weak abdominal muscles. One way to ameliorate this is to use elevated stools that offer flexibility. The problem with relying on high stools, however, could be that you still end up sitting for prolonged periods of time, just at an elevated level.
The best alternative to a fixed standing desk is to use an adjustable height standing desk. That way, you can change positions from one level to another thereby creating the movement that is the most beneficial aspect of using an ergonomic standing desk in the first place. While some people have room in their office for two desks that allow them to switch back and forth between the two work modes, most people do not. Consequently, the adjustable standing desk makes the most sense to achieve maximum ergonomic benefit.
Maximizing the Standing Desk
Besides having the benefits of a single adjustable standing desk that allows you to sit and work for a portion of the day and stand for another portion, an adjustable height standing desk can be placed at a mid-level. With the aid of a quality adjustable stool, the mid-level option opens up the body when it’s placed in the ‘perch’ posture. The perch posture has the benefits of standing without restricting breathing or circulation one gets from only sitting. But with a stool, it relieves feet and leg strain from prolonged standing. The mid-level option available from a height adjustable standing desk allows you to have the best of both worlds incorporating sitting and standing, as well as offering a third option while working.