Tips and Tricks Optimize Your Ergonomic Desk
Unless you have been living under a rock you are most likely aware of the ergonomic desk revolution and how they are on the rise, as employees and employers alike are seeing the benefits. Not only can ergonomic desks improve the mental and physical health of a workforce, but studies have shown that they improve productivity as well! A vast majority of Americans spend countless hours sitting behind a desk. Whether you realize it or not, so much sitting is incredibly damaging to your health. The realization of how damaging has companies buying ergonomic desks in bulk.
However, just because you have an ergonomic desk doesn’t mean you are now living the healthiest life possible. There are a few tricks and tips that will help you maximize the benefits of an adjustable desk and do right by your body and mind. Read on to learn how to best use your ergonomic desk.
Little By Little:
One mistake people make with a standing desk is actually standing too much. We mentioned how damaging long period of sitting can be. Well, the same is true for long period of standing. The point of an ergonomic desk is not to trade standing for sitting. But rather, break up any extended period in one position.
By going from sitting to standing and vice versa you are avoiding the litany of issues that come with either position. When you first get your ergonomic desk, start in shifts. Sit for 45 min, then stand for the same. Don’t overdo any position and your body and mind will thank you for it.
Get Some Cushion For Your Standing:
Another great tool in the transition to an ergonomic desk is an anti-fatigue mat. It is exactly what it sounds like: a cushioned mat to make standing easier. Going from sitting for 8 plus hours a day to standing, even if it is more healthy, is an adjustment. The anti-fatigue mats are a great product to help ease you through the transition.
Posture is Key:
An ergonomic desk will go a long way toward helping your posture. But it can’t do everything for you. Where your monitor is positioned is an important element to your posture. For best positioning, raise your monitor as high as possible and tilt it back slightly. You should be able to see the screen without leaning forward, which is bad for your back and neck. A monitor mount is a great way to help you find the best positioning.
You should also change positions as you stand. Don’t be static in a single position for hours on end. Shift your weight slightly from left to right or even use a footstool and get your Captain Morgan stance on. The whole idea of an ergonomic desk and monitor mount is to help break up your stationary ways.
Ergonomic desks are the future. Many forward-thinking companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook are switching over to all ergonomic desks. It’s for the betterment of the company and for many people working there. Studies have shown that prolonged sitting or standing can be as smoking. Amazingly though, that isn’t even the only damaging part of sedentary lifestyles. Monitor mounts and ergonomic desks will be ubiquitous in the future. Do yourself a favor and get on the train early.