Find Your Stand Up Desk Happy Place With Our Sitting & Standing Posture Tips
So you've made the switch to a stand up desk... Congratulations! Now, it's time to ensure you're getting the most benefit out of your active, sit to stand set up. The overall goal is pretty simple - keep your body moving and maintain a variety of positions and postures throughout the day.
So whether you've just made the transition to a standing desk or are a stand up desk pro...Check out our best posture tips and ergonomics diagrams to ensure you're using your standing desk correctly.
Reduce Fatigue With These Posture Tips While Using Your Standing Desk
- Keep your head, neck and shoulders in a neutral and relaxed position
- Your ears, shoulders, spine, hips and knees should all fall in a straight, vertical line (referred to as your centre of gravity line)
- Standing desk height is set slightly below the level of your elbows, and your elbows are bent roughly between 90-120 degrees
- Your feet are flat, with both weight evenly distributed and you're wearing comfortable shoes.
- For extra support when standing, you can place one foot at a time on a foot stool - this helps reduces load on your spine. If you don't have a stool, a nice hack is to use a rolled up yoga mat!
- Breathing is deep, slow and regular (not shallow, or holding your breath)
Posture Tips While Sitting At Your Desk
- Head is upright and in a neutral position, eyes are looking slightly downward without the neck bending forward or down. By avoiding the neck bending forward or down you maintain the correct line of gravity
- Your standing desk is set slightly below the level of your elbows, and your elbows are bent roughly between 90-120 degrees. Wrists are also relaxed and mouse is kept close by
- You chair is fully adjustable and allows your feet to rest comfortably on the floor. If this isn't possible, then you will need a footrest to support your feet
- Again, your breathing is deep, slow and regular (not shallow, or holding your breath)
General Screen, Keyboard & Mouse Ergonomics
Keyboard is separate from your screen
Your keyboard is positioned directly in front of you with the “H” key lined up with the centre of your body
Your mouse is close to the side of the body
Your screen is roughly at arm's length away
And Remember... Variety is Key!
Taking regular breaks between sitting and standing is essential - and there are many apps available for your desktop computer or mobile to help remind you to keep changing positions.
Thanks for checking in and we hope these tips help you get the most out of your standing desk!