How to get the Most from your Standing Desk

by Shaina Low January 27, 2017 2 Comments

Standing Desk

The most important tip for getting the most from your standing desk is to spend time sitting. Ironic, isn’t it?!

The Varidesk patented spring-assisted boost lifting mechanism makes moving from standing to sitting quick and effortless.


Here is a list of some more quick tips to get the most from your standing desk 

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. 


  1. Transition slowly

If you aren't used to standing for a long time it can cause your ankles to swell and/or lower back pain so it is important you transition slowly. You can manage this with a timer or download the Varidesk app to help you make a smooth transition. This app works on your desktop as well as your smartphone.

  1. Work out which tasks are best suited to standing

Tasks that require more thought such as writing a business plan or preparing a business case may be more suited to sitting.  While other simpler tasks such as responding to phone calls and emails may be better done standing. This is why it is very important it is easy to switch your desk between both sitting and standing.
  1. 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


  1. 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.


  1. 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. 


  1. 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.





Shaina Low
Shaina Low

Author

Shaina is the Marketing and Relationships Manager at VARIDESK New Zealand. She is very passionate about people and their health. Shaina's goal is to help New Zealand companies move towards an active work lifestyle and transition to standing up for their health with VARIDESK.


2 Responses

Val Burke
Val Burke

March 26, 2017

I would like to buy one. Please direct me. I live in Wanaka

Helen Coates
Helen Coates

March 22, 2017

Varidesk is a great solution for me as a contractor. I can take it with me when I move on and is less problematic than a standard up-down desk as it does not require power. I did think the slight screen wobble I notice as I type would be an annoyance but it isn’t. I recommend getting the mat when it is offered at a lower price with the desk.

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