Standing Desk Hacks for the Standee Classic & XL

Our desktop series is comprised of two models, the Classic and Classic XL. Each comes in four different heights and two different colors of bamboo. They are fixed height desktop add-ons so you choose the right size for you based on your height. They assemble in no time and are designed to be foldable so you can easily store the desk under or on the side of your desk when you want to sit. A common misconception with our desktop models is that you have to disassemble them in order to sit. This is not true. There are a few hacks to make using the Standee Classic & XL very enjoyable.

Standee Classic Bamboo Standing Desk

1. Get a stool. If you get a stool then there is no need to disassemble your Classic. All you need to do is push the stool to the side when you want to stand and then place it back in front of the desk when you want to sit. Easy as that. You can get a nice, height adjustable stool with a footrest for only $35 on Amazon.

Standee Classic XL Bamboo Standing Desk with Stool

 

2. Put laptop under the desk. If you are a laptop user and you do not feel like getting a stool or disassembling your desk when you want to sit, then simply place the laptop underneath your Standee Classic or XL. As long as you have the space under your desk then this is an easy solution for someone with a regular office chair.

Standee Classic XL Bamboo Standing Desk Sitting

3. Maximize the space under your desk. Many people think that putting one of our desktop units on top of their desk takes up a lot of space. But, it actually increases the surface area of your desk. You are able to use the space on top of the Classic as well as the space underneath it. Maximize it. Put post-its, file holders, or whatever office supplies you need below it, and they will remain hidden from co-workers while remaining easily accessible. This will actually help to reduce the clutter on your work surface.

Standee Classic XL Bamboo Standing Desk Sitting Inside View

The Standee Classic and Standee Classic XL are awesome affordable options for people interested in taking a stand at work or at home.

A Standing Desk Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Gym memberships. Dieting. Cooking healthier meals at home. Most of the popular resolutions people make each year center around improving their health. But as we all know, most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions. The most common reason for people not following through on their resolutions is the extra time they take to accomplish. However, if you choose a resolution that simply alters something already in your schedule, there is a greater likelihood of following through. For example, if you cook most of your dinners at home and resolve to start eating healthier, you will have an easier time sticking to your resolution than if you were in the habit of eating most of your meals out with little time devoted to food preparation. So, what is a healthy resolution you can make within your current schedule that will not require more time from your day? Buy a standing desk and start standing at work.


Most people spend the majority of their week at the office sitting at their desk. However, this sedentary lifestyle has been proven to contribute to major health problems. An easy way to burn more calories and improve overall health is to buy a stand-up desk and start standing while you work. You already have to be at the office, at your desk, so why not make a change that doesn’t require you to add an hour or two to your long day at work? This simple change will actually create more time in your schedule. This is because when standing you are more focused and alert so you can get more work done in a shorter period of time, freeing up your time to do other things. In addition, standing for just a few hours while you work can be more beneficial than going to the gym after work. How is this possible? Working out after sitting all day does not reverse the negative effects resulting from being sedentary for 8 or 9 hours a day. Researchers at the University of Chester say that if you stand for at least 3 hours a day, then you will burn about 30,000 calories throughout the year. That is equivalent to running 10 marathons! Which sounds more attainable, running 10 marathons or standing for at least 3 hours at work?

 

Affordable Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk

However, standing at work is not without its challenges. One of the biggest problems for people switching to a standing desk is that they will stand for the first week or two, but they will lower their desk and remain in a seated position for the rest of the year. Just like those people resolving to go to the gym, they start off strong and then fall off the horse. However, if you keep a few things in mind when starting to stand, you will find yourself standing months after you buy your desk.

1. You have to build up stamina. Remember that starting to stand at work is very similar to starting to workout. Many people are sore after standing for the first week and do not wish to do it any longer. However, you have to remember that it gets easier and easier to stand with time. Of course, the first week you go to the gym you will be sore, but as you begin to go more and more the soreness will start to dissipate. The same  goes for standing at work.

2. You do not need to stand all day. Reversing the negative effects of sitting is all about postural rotation—the movement of switching between sitting and standing throughout the day. Most people think that they have to stand all day because they have a new standing desk, but that is a huge misconception. Just a few hours a day will have you feeling healthier, more focused, and more energized.

3. Get an anti-fatigue mat. A good anti-fatigue mat is probably the single greatest factor in creating a successful standing experience. Standing on an anti-fatigue mat like the Standee Mat makes standing for a few hours a day a simple undertaking for most people. Standing on the hard ground can quickly cause foot, leg, and back pain. Wearing “comfy shoes” isn’t enough.

4. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a new stand up desk. For only $399.95 you can get a Standee Flex, an electric height-adjustable desk that will help facilitate your postural rotation. The Standee Flex is the most affordable desk of its kind on the market so the cost of standing at work has suddenly become very reasonable for most people.

Most of you reading this will have already made a healthy resolution for 2016. How are you doing three or four weeks in? Did you start strong and now find yourself not having time to keep up? It’s not too late to change to a resolution that will give you more time, more energy, and more health benefits than other more time-demanding resolutions. And if you haven’t made one yet, this is the perfect time. Let’s make 2016 a healthy year with an achievable resolution that you can see through to 2017.

10 Office Exercises You Can Do at Work

The main idea behind an active work environment is to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time.  Therefore, if you sit at a desk for the majority of the day, there are many exercises that you can do to disrupt your time sitting.

 

There are many ways to avoid sitting all day such as using a stand up desk like the Standee Classic or simply getting out of your chair and doing a few exercises.  If you are creative, the office provides a perfect place to get in a quick workout.

 

There are multiple office exercises that you can find with a simple Google search, but which ones make the most sense? Here are 10 of my favorites:

 

1. Tricep Desk Dips

Place your butt on the edge of your desk, and then place your palms on the edge of the desk on either side of you. Keeping your feet together, bend at the elbows and slide forward off the desk and dip down a few inches, and then push back up. Dip to where your elbows are bent at 90 degrees. Do this 20 times. For a variation, put your feet on a chair.

 

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2. Carpal Tunnel Reliever 

You shouldn’t suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome if you do this exercise daily. Stand at your desk, and with arms straight, place your palms on the desk with your fingers pointed toward you. Lower your body slowly until you feel the stretch. Do for 15 seconds. Repeat as needed through the day.

 

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3. Water Bottle Workouts

As most offices don’t have workout equipment, a full water bottle can work as the perfect light dumbbell.

 

Sit tall with abs pulled in. Hold water bottle in right hand and curl it up towards your shoulder. Repeat 15 times. Change arms.

 

You can also use your water bottle to do front arm raises and overhead presses.

Hold your water bottle in right hand. Bend elbow. Extend arm overhead. Repeat on other side.

 

Water bottle twists are a great way to work your waistline.

Hold water bottle at chest level. Twist to the right as far as you can. Twist back to center. Twist to the left. Repeat 10 times. 

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4. The Wall (Street) Sit

Wall sits are great for building strength and endurance. Standing with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 second.

 

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5. The Seated Leg Raiser

This incognito stretch will allow you to get in a good stretch without having all your co-workers notice. While seated, straighten one or both legs and hold in place for five or more seconds. Then lower your leg(s) back to the ground without letting your feet touch the floor. Repeat (alternating legs if raising them separately) for 15 reps. You can also put a purse or briefcase strap over your ankle for added weight, or for more of an abs workout, add a crunch.

 

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6. The Knuckle Sandwich

For a great arm workout, try shadow boxing. Stand (if you can) and throw out a few jabs, hooks, and uppercuts in rapid succession. Continue for a minute or longer to blow off steam and tone the arms, chest, and core.

 

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7. The Hulk

Walk in place and lean forward. With your elbows bent and fists together in front, move your arms like wings. Try to touch your shoulder blades together. 20 reps.

 

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8. Walking

Lap your block or a floor of your office. Try for a pace of 100 steps per minute, which is an easy pace to maintain around the office.  Walk for 10 min.

 

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9. Take the Stairs. While You're At It, Run Up Them

Instead of using the elevator to move between floors, take the stairs. Start off walking, but work your way up to a full out sprint. This is a great way to get an intense leg workout while at the office.

 

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10. Get a Standing Desk

One of the best things you can do to combat the health risk from sitting is to get a standing desk. The negative health effects on your weight and health, including hip and back stiffness and pain, that come from sitting down all day will disappear. You can even lean against your standing desk while you are working and do simple calf stretches.

 

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5 Common Misconceptions About Switching to a Stand Up Desk

1. You have to replace your desk.

Many people believe that in order to reap the benefits of standing, you must replace your desk. It can be very expensive to replace your existing office desk with a height adjustable standing desk. This is not necessary. There are many options that will allow you to stand without replacing your entire desk such as add-on podiums like the Standee Classic.  If you have an add-on feature to your desk then you are able to stand without spending a large sum of money.

 

2. You have to stand all day.

Just because you are switching to a stand up desk you do not have to stand all day. It takes time to build up the strength to stand for long periods of time. Starting out you can stand for a short time span like 20 minutes every couple hours and then slowly begin to stand for longer periods of time.  Switching to standing is a process, not a simple transition.

 

3. You will get varicose veins.

Standing for prolonged periods of time does not cause varicose veins.  Rather, varicose veins and other vein conditions are caused by the failure of the leg pump. In leg pump failure, the blood goes down the arteries from the heart into the leg, but the veins cannot pump the blood back out of the leg. Failure of the leg pump is usually due to the valves failing- a condition generally attributable to genetics.  Standing for long periods of time does not cause varicose veins, but in some cases they may allow them to form more quickly in people who already have lost their valves when they were younger.

 

4. You just need to stand.

In order to fully reap the benefits of standing, you don’t just need to stand, you need to stand the correct way. There are many different aspects to the correct standing posture such as keeping your head and shoulders back as well as putting most of your weight on the balls of your feet. Check out our blog “The Correct Way to Stand and Sit” for more information on the proper standing posture.

 

5. Any height of desk will work as long as you can stand at it.

The fact that you can stand to do work at your new stand up desk does not mean it is the right one for you. It is essential that you have a desk that is the right height. Standing the correct way, your arms should be resting on the desk at a 90° angle. Make sure you choose the height of desk that will allow for that angle, and don’t forget to take into account the extra height you will gain from an anti-fatigue mat (which is highly recommended) like the Standee Mat. See the “How to Choose What Size Standee” chart for more information on choosing the correct height for your desk. 

The Correct Way to Stand and Sit

As the negative health effects of the sedentary work environment are going mainstream there are many people switching from sitting to standing at work every day. Standing is better for you than sitting, but only if you are standing the correct way.  Using the correct posture when standing, and when sitting, is important for your body to reap the benefits of this postural rotation.

 

How to Stand

When standing, you want youproper way to stand at a stand at a standing deskr entire body to be aligned from head to toe. In essence, you want to be able to draw a straight line down your body. To do this, you should put most of your weight on the balls of your feet; don’t be standing back on your heels. Have your feet apart, shoulder-width. Have your knees slightly bent, do not lock them and cut off blood circulation.  Even though you are most likely looking at a monitor, keep your head back, directly on top of the spine. Do not let the screen pull it forward. Keep your shoulders back and upright. If you are standing for long periods of time, it is important to shift your weight from one leg to another in order to not put too much strain on a given area.  When standing at a stand up desk, make sure your desk is at the proper height for your arms to be resting at a 90° angle. See the “How to choose what size Standee” chart for more details. Also, standing on an anti-fatigue mat, like the Standee Mat, reduces foot strain and makes it comfortable to stand for long periods of time.

 

How to Sit

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When sitting, the two major actions to avoid are leaning forward and slouching. You should align your back with the back of the office chair. Arms should be bent between 75° and 90°, so make sure to adjust your desk/chair height accordingly. Your knees should be level with your hips, or even slightly above your hips when sitting in your office chair. Place both feet flat on the floor. Just like standing, you should have your shoulders back and aligned with your body. Even if you are maintaining proper posture when sitting, try to not sit for long periods of time. Stretch, walk, stand, and be active throughout the day in the workplace.

 

Working actively, the correct way, will prove to be very beneficial for your body as well as your productivity at work. Work better and feel better. 

The Benefits Of A Standing Desk At Your Office Job

It’s nice to have all of the conveniences of modern society - the ability to make a living in a climate-controlled office rather than brave the elements to hunt for food or farm like your ancestors did. There’s only one problem. Humans were meant to move. The reality is sitting too much isn’t good for you – and if you work an office job, you probably do lots of that. With the availability of technology that lets you work a job, pay bills and socialize with your pals without leaving your chair, it’s easy to get too comfy for your health – and that’s not a good thing.

 

 

 

Why Is Sitting So Bad?

 

 

 

Recent research published in reputable journals shows that people who sit for hours working a desk job have a greater risk for a number of health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. Even scarier, sitting too long increases the risk for dying prematurely. Here’s the real kicker. Sitting too long is harmful even if you work out at the gym an hour a day. Seems that a daily workout of any length doesn’t make up for the long hours you spend glued to a chair.

 

 

 

Health problems and premature death aren’t the only drawbacks to too much sitting. Prolonged sitting can trigger back pain or worsen existing back pain and lead to calf tightness and other orthopedic issues. It’s not good for your spine or your posture either. Plus, when you sit, your metabolism takes a dive and you burn fewer calories. Stay glued to your chair long enough and you’ll be shopping for a new wardrobe after you can’t button your pants due to the weight you’ve gained.

 

 

 

Is There a Solution?

 

 

 

Who says you have to sit at the office? Some people are replacing their chair with a standing desk so they can work from a standing position. Why is standing better? You burn 30 to 40 calories per hour when you move from a sitting to a standing position. Work an eight hour day? That’s an extra 240 calories to 320 calories daily. This adds up to a pound of weight loss every 10 days to 2 weeks if you change nothing else!

 

 

 

More calories burned and a reduced risk of dying prematurely aren’t the only benefits of trading in your chair for a standing desk. Sitting all day zaps your energy too. How many times have you gone home from work feeling “fried” even though you never got up from your chair? Standing instead of sitting can also increase your productivity since your energy levels won’t plummet from sitting too long. Plus, it’s a better choice ergonomically as long as you choose a desk that’s the right height. This translates into less back and neck pain – and better posture.

 

 

 

The Bottom Line?

 

 

 

There are lots of reasons to switch to a standing desk but the most important one is to preserve your health. You weren’t made to sit all day – and you don’t have too when you equip your office with a standing desk. Once you do, expect to feel better and be more productive. Isn’t it time to make the switch?

 

Is Your Desk Job Killing You?

Many people nowadays do their jobs sitting down.  In fact, more than at any other time in the past, we are finding ourselves in the sitting position for longer periods of time.  It’s a well-known fact that excessive sitting is associated with a greater risk of obesity, but do you know that it has also been linked to a higher incidence of heart disease, as well?  Researchers have found that people who sit for extended periods of time during the day - even those who exercise regularly - have higher levels of bad cholesterol, larger waist circumferences, higher triglyceride levels, and more over-all inflammation than their counterparts who took regular standing or walking breaks throughout the workday.

 

Experts now believe that when people sit for too long, detrimental changes take place in the enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of fat.  Studies are focusing on one in particular, called lipoprotein lipase.  

 

Exercise May Not Help

 

Most people think that engaging in an exercise regimen helps safeguard them from problems associated with heart disease and it does, to an extent.  Research, however, confirms that one of the major factors shown to exponentially increase the risk of having a heart attack is the extended periods of time that people spend sitting down.  Since our bodies are designed to move and be active, sitting for long periods of time goes against the natural grain of a healthy lifestyle, even when we exercise regularly.

 

What Does Help?

 

Because sitting for a long time has been shown to be an independent factor that affects heart health, there are a number of things that desk-bound workers and others that are required to be sedentary for long periods of time are encouraged to do:

 

·      First and foremost, get up and walk around at least two times every hour.  Some suggestions include taking phone calls standing up, walking to the printer to retrieve documents or delivering a message down the hall in person instead of e-mailing. 

 

·      Sit on an exercise ball.  This may be impractical for full-time implementation, but it would be very beneficial to practice for a few minutes several times a day.

 

·      If you must sit in a chair, invest in an inexpensive portable pedal exerciser or portable stair stepper. Readily available at most large retail stores, this small-scale exercise equipment can be easily placed under a desk and is a great way to increase circulation and incorporate lower body movement. In addition, the pedal exerciser can be used on top of the desk to exercise the arms.

 

·      Two products that are becoming more popular are the stand-up desk and the treadmill desk.  Standing at a stand-up desk will burn twice the calories that sitting burns and walking at a slow pace at a treadmill desk will burn, on average, an extra 100 calories an hour.  Additionally, being in an upright position increases blood flow and brain activity.  Although, you may have to buy them yourself, these are healthy alternatives to traditional desks.   

 

There have been numerous studies over the past several decades confirming the fact that sitting for too long has adverse effects on our health.  Prolonged periods of being in a seated position have been shown to increase the risk factors for heart disease, obesity and diabetes.  If you have a desk job that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day, take some extra precautions by making sure that you are taking at least two standing or walking breaks every hour.  Better yet, do some of your work in an upright standing position if you can.  Your health will thank you.

 

A Standing Desk For Back Pain?

Standing desks and back pain?

This is an interesting subject that I have been getting feedback on since the launch of the first Standee Classic standing desk. It's an unexpected benefit of standing when you could be sitting for extended periods of time.

Customers have been telling us that since they started using our standing desks, mild ailments such as shoulder and lower back pain have been reduced. That's not to say that it is a direct result of the standing desk, but who knows, perhaps the standing position takes a lot of pressure off of areas of the body that have been exposed to the sedentary lifestyle for far too long.

So with all of that being said, we want to know more.. what do you do to help with your back pain? What has worked and what has not? Have you tried a standing desk solution and what are / or were the results?


 

The Adventures Of a Standing Desk (a user story)

A review of using the Standee standing desk. Will it help or hinder productivity and in this case - some back pain?

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The Best Standing Desk For Under $200

A Standing Desk Solution For Less Than $200.00?

Yes and it is made here in California!

 

When it comes to standing desk choices, there are no shortage of them.

Standing Desks can range from $50 - $2000 plus.


But what if you have never tried one and aren't sure that a standing desk is the right fit for you? Making a hefty investment in a standing desk that you will not end up using the long run doesn't make much sense.

At Standee Co. We know exactly how that feels. Instead of replacing our expensive office desks while making the transition, we opted to build a line of desks that allows us to try out standing at our desks on the individual basis. Because we all vary in size, we ended up making a few different sizes to sit atop our 29" standard office desks.

It is crucial that our standing desks be movable so that the user can take it down if they change their mind. It is also vital that the standing desk can easily fold away for storage, so now the Standee Classic can be assembled and collapsabled with no use of tools.

Our goal is to create a high quality standing desk for less than $200 so that anyone can try it to see if standing while working fits into their lifestyle.

Unlike other standing desks in the sub $200 range, our Standee Classic desk is made in California from imported and renewable Bamboo.
We're not easy on our equipment and have chosen a material that can truly stand up to some abuse - Bamboo is amazing stuff!

If you are considering other standing desks for less than $200, we encourage that you read the user reviews on sites like Amazon. If you are going to drop $200, make sure you are getting a quality product that will take a beating and fit into your lifestyle.

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