Tips for Standing at your Desk

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    1. You should always keep your legs beneath your torso and your neck and head in line with your spine being straight. Your core (stomach, lower back and legs)  should be keeping you steady and they should be activated.
    2. Face forwards towards whatever you are working on whether it be a computer screen or a craft project. Don’t twist your body to see what you are working on.
    3. Stay within a close distance to your work so that your body is not having to strain to reach the keyboard or the manufacturing line or the lab tools.
    4. Always keep enough room in your work space to be able to shift or change positions while working. This will allow movement which is good for standing and working and keep your metabolism high.
    5. It is best when standing to shift your weight from one foot to the other so many suggest having something below you to lift a foot onto like a footrest or stool or even an old stepper you don’t use anymore. This lets the circulation flow and keeps your feet or legs from going numb.
    6. Sitting is not all bad just as standing all the time and not moving can be bad. So allow for time to sit or stand whichever is the one you don’t do as often. If you stand all day take calls sitting down and if you sit stand while on the phone or while filing etc.
    7. When standing on cold or hard surfaces it is best to use something to insulate yourself from the floor and to provide some cushioning. Many pads are made for this like our Gel Cushion Standing Pad which you can find here.

      Different tasks require different work surface heights:

  1. When doing work that requires you to be precise it is best to keep your elbows supported so having your work about 2 inches above your normal elbow height is best. This would include tasks such as writing or assembling electronics.
  2. When it comes to doing work that is repetitive like assembly line work or doing any movement over and over again then it is best to have your work station about 2-4 inches below your normal height for your elbows.
  3. Heavy work, demanding downward forces – from 8-16 inches below elbow height. When doing hard or heavy work that requires a lot of muscle work or downward force then you should set your work up about 8-16 inches below your elbow height.

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