When discussing today’s topic, you’d be forgiven for thinking we were being patronising when telling you to correct way to stand up. After all, standing up is one of the easiest things you can do, right? Well, yes, but not necessarily at a desk. Because of ever-expanding waistlines, and the number of people suffering with chronic back problems also increasing, standing desks in workplaces are becoming more and more common. It turns out, though, that there is actually a wrong way to stand at a standing desk. In fact, there are several wrong ways to stand at a standing desk. Here’s a look at a few common mistakes to avoid making when using your standing desk.

Poor posture – One of the biggest complaints that office workers have after sitting at a desk for significant amount of time, is poor posture. Poor posture is commonly caused by sitting for too long and perhaps slouching forwards whilst working. It turns out, though, that you can actually have poor posture when standing upright as well. Poor posture when using a standing desk can leave you with back ache, it can make you uncomfortable, and it’ll likely result in you spending less time standing at the desk. To stand correctly, you want your back straight, your head upright, your hips upright, and an ‘S’ shaped curve to the spine.

Standing up for too long – One common misconception when it comes to standing desks, is that they should be used for standing upright for the entire working day. The truth is that standing up straight for 8 or more hours each day would be quite uncomfortable. It is recommended that you aim to stand for around 2 hours each day to begin with, and that you gradually increase the amount of time standing once you get more comfortable with it. Try to alternate between standing and sitting to begin with.

Setting the desk at the wrong height – One of the great things about human beings is that we’re all unique. Because of this, we come in all shapes and sizes. Therefore, standing desks are NOT universal in terms of height, and for obvious reasons. A 6ft 5-inch office worker will obviously not have their desk set at the same height as a 5ft 4-inch office worker. To get the most from your standing desk, be sure to set it at the correct height. A basic rule of thumb to follow when it comes to determining the height of your standing desk is to set it so that your elbows are no less than 90-degrees on the desk, and that your monitor height is very slightly below eye level.

Failing to use an anti-fatigue mat – An anti-fatigue mat is a very simple piece of kit that works wonders for your feet. If you find that your feet are hurting after being stood up for hours, place an anti-fatigue mat underneath them. These mats provide a very slight layer of cushioning, whilst also encouraging you to move your feet and stay active.

Author's Bio: 

Author's Bio:
Rick Tinderman has always been interested in ergonomic life style and he now owns a small business selling standing desks & accessories to help customers work more healthily and productively. To get more info about workplace & home office furniture, please feel free to visit Solos desk website.