Sitting all day at your desk is associated with a range of health problems, including muscular pains, obesity and cardiovascular disease. More offices are now using standing workstations to promote workplace health. Standing at your desk allows flexible body movements, continual use of your muscles, aids blood circulation and also helps burn more calories. However, this is not to say that we should all be standing for 8 hours a day! The key is to split your time between standing and sitting, as well as other forms incidental exercise and activity.
Here are some tips to remember when using a standing workstation:
- Top of monitor at or just below eye level, about an arm's length away
- Back upright with shoulders back and relaxed. Elbows at 90 degree angle and close to body
- Keep the core activated while standing as there is no back support to aid your spine
- Ensure chin is not too forward, to keep the head and the rest of the spine in the neutral S shaped position
- Stand evenly on both feet and avoid slumping or leaning weight to one side