January 13, 2016

Tips for Switching to a Standing Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

It may feel a little strange using a standing desk after years of working from a seated position. That’s completely normal. Like with any change, there will be a slight adjustment period.

It’s important to keep in mind throughout the transition that a standing desk is good for your body, no matter how awkward or uncomfortable it may feel in the beginning. And the more you use your standing desk, the more natural it will begin to feel to you. To help you with the transition process, we’ve provided a few tips that will certainly make it smoother for you:

Ease Into the Process

Getting a TrueNorth sit to stand desk is extremely exciting and you’ll probably be really pumped to use it. The possibility of losing weight, developing a stronger core and the many other health benefits can make anyone overzealous about standing workstations. But be sure to ease into it—don’t start off standing eight hours a day. Instead, begin by doing only a couple hours each day, perhaps one hour in the morning and one in the afternoon. The point is to gradually integrate standing into your daily work life. You don’t want to burn yourself out in the first week.

Make Your Workspace Ergonomic and Comfortable

There are a few accessories that can make standing easier on your body, such as an anti fatigue mat, supportive shoes, and monitor stands, all of which will help with the transition. People are so accustomed to sitting during the workday, which requires little to no effort. Standing, on the other hand, requires more effort and is more tiresome. So it’s important to invest in items that will make it more enjoyable for you to stand. We’d recommend checking out this full list of accessories to get after you’ve purchased your TrueNorth sit to stand desk.

Focus on Your Posture

Maintaining good posture is essential while working at an ergonomic workspace. When you first start using your workspace, you will be more likely to gravitate toward a bad posture. For years you’ve probably been in the habit of hunching your shoulders, crossing your legs, or bending your neck downward while you are sitting and working. As you start using your standing desk, concentrate on maintain a good posture—chest out, shoulders back, spine straight, head parallel to the floor and your core engaged. This will go a long way in helping you grow accustomed to your standing desk. Ergonomic office equipment and furniture like monitor stands can also help you maintain the correct posture throughout the workday.

Listen to Your Body

As you ease into your new standing desk, pay attention to your body and what it’s telling you. If your legs seem to be getting tired after you’ve been standing a while, then let yourself sit down. Even if you are only able to stand for 30-45 minutes a day, that’s a lot better than nothing. Don’t try to push yourself too hard.

Your posture will be a very important tool in determining when it’s time to sit or stand. If you notice that you are starting to slump over, then it’s probably time to change to a different position—either sitting or standing. That’s one of the great benefits of having a True North ergonomic office desk, instead of trying to craft one yourself, because it allows you to transition between sitting and standing seamlessly.

Keep At It

If at any point you start feeling discouraged about using a standing desk—don’t give up. Just remember that adjustments take time and your body isn’t going to immediately feel comfortable at a standing desk. If you do feel like you are struggling, try to pinpoint the exact problem and then seek out a solution. If you find that you are getting fatigued quickly, maybe you aren’t wearing shoes with enough support or you haven’t invested in an anti fatigue mat.

Also, remember that you will feel more fatigued standing up than if you are sitting down. It takes more effort, energy and work to stand rather than sit, so you will feel more tired. But that also means that you are burning calories, which is a good thing.

If you have any questions about TrueNorth standing workstations, please contact us because we’d love to speak with you.

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