1. Spend time sitting
Experts recommend that you spend 50% of your time sitting and 50% standing for optimal effectiveness. This is because studies show that standing for prolonged periods of time also has negative consequences such as varicose veins and lower back pain.
Work out which tasks are best suited to standing
Check your ergonomics
Every desk is going to be bad for you if you have bad posture. Make sure have the correct desk ergonomics. You can check your ergonomics with the Varidesk checklist.
Use an anti-fatigue mat
Take a look at some of our customer reviews and you'll see that most describe the anti-fatigue mat as a "must have" accessory. It consistently gets 5-star ratings. Besides being super comfortable an anti-fatigue mat gives great support and reduces the pressure on your hips and knees.
Elevate one foot
Have you ever wondered why bars often have a bar running around the bottom of the bar? It is there to make you more comfortable and stay longer. It can be more comfortable to stand with one foot slightly raised. You can do this using a tradition desk footstool or just a cheap footstool like toddlers use to brush their teeth.
Wear comfortable shoes
Of course, standing all day in high heels isn’t going to solve your back pain. Choose shoes that are comfortable. For most, this is probably sneakers but it will vary. Some people like shoes with high arch support while some prefer to stand barefoot. If your office is more formal you could even leave a pair of shoes or socks at the office for those times when you are standing.
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