If you've ever had to stand in a queue for a long time you'll know how quickly you tire as it becomes difficult to keep still. That's because your body craves movement to keep it all working smoothly. And this can be one of the problems with a fixed height standing desk. Continually standing in the same position can soon start the body aching.
A recent question on Quora asked for ideas on the best techniques and accessories to help cut down fatigue for standing desk work.
- Wearing the right footwear
- Making frequent movements
- Standing with a good posture
- Wearing compression socks
- Using a specialist seat.
All good ideas, let's delve deeper into what else we can do.
It all starts with movement and posture
First, it's important to stand correctly. Chances are if you've been sitting to work for a long time your pelvis could be misaligned and tilting too far forwards. This places a lot of stress in the leg muscles, so begin by standing with knees slightly bent and taking your hands, grip the sides of the top of your thighs and rotate your pelvis upwards.
Wearing shoes with a low heel is also a good idea and definitely avoid high heels.
Second, make sure you keep making small movements as you work, including walking away from your desk from time to time. Having something like a footrest that you can place one foot on is also beneficial.
So, what else can you do to help?
There are a number of useful accessories for standing desk users, particularly where your desk height is fixed.
Adding a monitor arm makes it a lot easier to place your screen exactly where you want it helping to avoid straining to read it.
An articulated keyboard tray is also very useful because it places your hands, wrists and arms in a less stressful position.
A fatigue mat helps take the harshness out of standing and cushions your body against hard or cold floors.
Investing in a specialist seat will also greatly help in taking the strain off your body, providing a good change of posture as well. This sort of seat becomes even more useful for adjustable worktop use as it opens up different ways of sitting.
Let's quickly sum up the key points we've looked at here:
- Make sure your standing posture is good with proper pelvic alignment
- Keep making regular movements to keep muscles active
- Fitting a monitor arms aids precise screen positioning
- A keyboard tray reduces stress on hands and wrists
- Anti fatigue mats cushion your feet and legs
- A specialist seat will give you great support
Being aware of how you're standing and using fatigue reducing add ons will help make standing to work less like standing in a queue. And investing in a movable top desk will significantly boost the variety of movement in your body.