Standing desks have been growing in popularity over the past decade, primarily because we now have so many jobs that require employees working in front of computers. As we move further into the digital age, I foresee even more jobs working long hours at a computer/desk. While the science of ergonomics can become quite complex, I wanted to offer you a few tips:
1. Make sure you get a standing desk that has both sitting and standing options. Movement is key to maintaining good health, especially joint health. You will likely find yourself shifting positions and it’s nice to take a seat every now and then.
2. If your desk is on a hard surface such as concrete, make sure to get a rubber mat for standing on. While the benefits of a standing desk are great, you may find your feet hurting more. Even worse, that may result in an altered gait (the way you walk) which could lead to back pain down the road.
3. Very similar to a rubber mat, be sure to wear comfortable shoes with the proper support. It would certainly be counterproductive if you were wearing shoes without the proper support in any capacity. It would simply make things worse going from a sitting all day to standing all day on a poor surface.
4. Get up, stretch, and walk around a bit every now and then. Even though a standing desk has it’s benefits to your health, it can only get you so far. Try setting a timer to remind you to get up, walk around, and stretch every 30 minutes. Your phone is the easiest way to help remind you.
I hope this helps. Prevention it key! While you can’t take your chiropractor to work with you, we’re always here to offer tips during your regular visits.
Yours in health,