4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Adjustable Desk

March 15, 2014 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Modern life can involve a lot of sitting down. Whether you’re at your desk at work, commuting in your car, or relaxing in front of the TV or computer at the end of the day, it’s likely that you spend a fair amount of time sitting. This may be a familiar posture, but it can contribute to health problems in the long run. Fortunately, these hazards can be addressed by using an ergonomic adjustable desk in your workplace. With the right furniture, you can stay healthy and comfortable all day long.

Why Choose an Adjustable Desk?

Sitting down throughout a long workday can be hard on the body. The health hazards of too much sitting include:

  • Increased risk of obesity and diabetes
  • Lower back problems
  • Impaired heart and lung function
  • Danger of carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Decreased productivity
  • Greater risk of workplace burnout

By using a desk that allows a variety of postures, you can cut down on a number of health risks. These four tips can help you get the most out of your electronic desk during the workday.

1. Know Your Schedule and Your Work Habits

Before you even choose an adjustable desk for yourself, it’s worth thinking about your work schedule and your typical work habits. Do you spend many hours working intensely on a single project with few or no breaks? Do you need to move around your workplace to get books, tools, and electronics? Do you attend regular meetings with co-workers, or do you largely work alone? What is the rhythm of your typical workday? By asking these questions, you can decide which desk is best for your needs.

2. Try Before You Buy

An adjustable desk is as personal as a pair of shoes or an article of clothing. Generous return policies mean that you will generally be able to try out a standing desk before you commit to buying it and installing it at your workstation. Some people try several desk models before they find the one that’s perfect for their situation.

3. Make the Necessary Adjustments

Once you’ve installed a standing desk, you may find your other work habits changing as well. Increased energy and productivity may mean that you start writing in shorter bursts and multitasking more easily. When you spend long periods of time standing, it may even affect your footwear choices. Those fashionable pumps or leather wingtips may need to be swapped discreetly for something more comfortable.

4. Stay Flexible

Installing a standing desk doesn’t mean that you need to stay on your feet all day. Modern adjustable desks can move up and down with the touch of a button, making them fully flexible. Many people work out a schedule for their day, alternating between sitting and standing every hour or two. It can be useful to sit down for low-impact activities such as answering routine emails. They then stand up for more intense brainstorming projects and writing crucial reports.

There are many benefits to be found from using an ergonomic adjustable desk and standing up regularly during your busy workday. With these four quick tips, you can use your new desk to improve your health and productivity.

Please feel free to contact Ella Gray at ella.l.gray@gmail.com with any questions or concerns that you may have.

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