From years of customer feedback and first-hand experience we realized that many people are misguided in their switch to a standing desk. People will stand all day long for the first week and then give up because of the strain on their body. Or people are unhappy because they did not lose the weight that they thought they were going to lose via postural rotation. So, we put together a list of things to know and helpful tips that we include on a pamphlet with all of our desks. However there are many standing desk users or potential users that do not use our desks so I thought I would share our list of things to know and helpful tips for those of you who have not seen it:
Things to Know
- Standing desks do not require you to stand all day.
- This is a desk not a diet! We do not guarantee miracle weight loss. However, our desk will serve as a gateway to a more active, healthy lifestyle.
- This is not a wholesale lifestyle change. Our goal is to help you incorporate more movement into your day. Any amount of time spent standing is beneficial – no matter how little!
- Everyone’s standing experience is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Listen to your body, know your needs.
- Use an anti-fatigue mat. The Standee Mat helps to relieve pressure on your knees, back, and feet.
- Shoe choice is key. Kick off those heels!
- It’s all about postural rotation – alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day.
- Use correct posture while standing and sitting. No slouching!
- Your workspace should be ergonomically sound: monitors at eye level and arms’ length away from face, elbows at 90 degrees.
- Play music. Set reminders to stand. Find excuses to take a walk.
- Leave your desk in the standing position when you leave for lunch or at the end of the day, you will be much more likely to stand when you return to your desk!
“It’s not the furniture that makes the difference, it’s the behavior. The desk without the behavior doesn’t help you.” – James Levine, MD, PhD of the Mayo Clinic