Getting Started

Important Standing Desk Considerations


Standing desks are beneficial for your health but there are some things to keep in mind as you make the transition.

Start slow - Don't try to go from six hours of sitting to zero overnight. Aim to sit just three of your waking hours each day. Start with just 20 minutes at a time at your standing desk, then add on time as you get used to the setup. Standing doesn't sound like a lot of work, but when your body is used to sitting most of the day, you will strain your body by standing too much, too fast.

Use a mat - Take it easy on your knees, hips, and ankles by using a gel mat where you plan to stand. Take it a step further and wear non-slip, supportive shoes, too.

Get your work done - If standing is too distracting, use your sitting times when you need that extra concentration. You may find the standing desk a little distracting at first, but you'll likely adjust and learn to refocus with time.

Set it up right - Your computer screen should sit 15 to 30 inches from your eyes, with your eye level even with (or slightly below) your screen. Keep your wrists flat and your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Then you need to make adjustments to make it more comfortable, if you feel like any part of your body is straining while you are standing.

Move, too - Standing does burn more calories than sitting, but to really see optimal health benefits make sure you are walking throughout the workday. The American Heart Association suggests 10,000 steps per day at a minimum. Look for creative ways to do other exercises during the workday, too, that stretch your muscles and keep your circulation and metabolism going.

Eventually, you may want to consider treadmill or stationary bike desks that allow you to move slowly while working.