How high is too high? How low is well – too low?
When using your standing desk it’s vital to keep a few key concepts in mind:
1) No slouching! Your family members were right – It’s important to have a height that does not induce unwanted any stress or strain on your major joints. No stooping down, no neck bending, shoulder drooping, everything should remain within reach and effortless.
2) Keep in mind that not all standing desks are made the same – You most likely won’t be able to adjust to specifics while using a treadmill desk, and more on that later!
3) Picture yourself standing comfortably with arms gently hanging bent at the elbow – There is an optimal angle for everyone to have their arms bent for some period of time – experiment with what works for you. If you find yourself shaking out your hands, wrists, elbows or needing to stretch your neck – change up the settings. Often times you’re a few millimeters away from that sweet spot!
4) The how to – First, stand at your desk relaxed (this is fun!). Minimal tension should be felt on your ankles or soles of your feet – no balancing needed. Secondly, make sure your eyes do the moving. Just like speed-reading, you have to let your eyes do the work and after a few attempts – this will be second nature. Next, try to find your set point with the elbows. 90 degrees bent at the elbows is optimal to start from. Do NOT have your elbows bent beyond 90 degrees. This has been found to cause unnecessary strain on your major joint areas above the waist. Finally, adjust your monitors if you are working with these so that your gaze meets the top third of the screen. This application has a multitude of uses, for example, in marketing this is a good place to have another set of eyes looking back at you ;).
Some situations to keep in mind:
If you change your footwear based on the season outside or have to dress professional vs. casual, keep in mind the desk height will change based on platforms, heels, flip-flops and dress shoes. We would love to hear about the flip-flop workplaces – solid move!
If you experience variations in your standing desk height requirement, consider (and we will link you to) one that has ‘memory settings’ just like seats in a car.
As previously mentioned, if you find yourself reaching too far and leaning over to grab materials, adjust the screens for vision, or feel a strain on your eyes – experiment with the distance features that come with your standing desks. Let’s not squint or cry!
Do you feel the need to take a break from standing? Not to worry! We are going to link you to a nice review of desk chairs that range from ‘all out’ to simple seats made just for you when you need it most.