March 10, 2016

Proper Posture at Your Height Adjustable Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

As children, most of us were probably told at one time or another to “sit up straight!” or “don’t slouch!” While this loving advice may have been more about appearances than good health, proper posture is important for both. We spend so much time on our phones, hunched over while reading or texting and our posture is paying the price. Whether you are working at your standing desk or sitting most of the day, gravity is working against our good posture. So it is important to get a refresher on what good posture is and how to have it.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, proper posture involves training your body to sit, stand, walk, etc in positions where the least amount of strain is put on your muscles and ligaments. Good posture, whether at your stand up desk, walking, or sitting and relaxing, leads to many health benefits such as decreased back pain, less wear and tear of joints, less fatigue, and of course a better and more confident appearance.

Good posture is not natural for most of us, so let’s talk about how you can train your body to sit and stand correctly.

Proper Posture at Standing Desks

You gain so many health benefits while working at a standing desk. Having proper posture is just another way to be sure that you are receiving all of those benefits while keeping your body healthy and your energy levels high.

  • Just like you heard as a child, don’t slouch! Pull your shoulders back so that your entire body, including legs, torso, neck, and head, are all in a straight line.
  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart.
  • Do not lock your knees, but keep them slightly bent.
  • Keep the majority of your weight on the balls of your feet (that space between your toes and the arch)
  • Shift your weight if you are standing for long periods of time. Or even better, exercise at your standing desk.

Proper Posture while Sitting

Even if your goal is to work at a standing workstation for most of your day, there will be times that you sit down. Whether you are working at your height adjustable desk, sitting in a meeting, or watching TV, having good sitting posture will improve your overall health.  

  • Similar to standing, it is important to straighten your back when sitting.
  • Pull your shoulders back.
  • Make sure your buttocks is sitting at the back of the chair.
  • Your feet should touch the floor for the best posture, but if they don’t, invest in a footrest.
  • Your knees should be at the same height as your hips. If this isn’t possible, your footrest can come in handy here to bring your knees up.
  • Even when reclining, keep your torso, neck, and back in a vertical line.

Find out even more health benefits of standing desks and let us at True North Desks guide you to the perfect standing desk for your lifestyle.

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