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Using your Sit-Stand desk

Humans are meant to move and grow, so use a desk that does the same!

Now there's a desk that is as dynamic as you are. Sit-Stand desking is an increasingly popular way to grow productivity, job satisfaction and physical well-being.

Don’t get locked into sitting all day! Being inactive for 8+ hours a day is not only bad for your body, but your mind too. There is a healthy balance that needs to be reached between both sitting and standing. It is recommended that a sit-stand desk user spend up to 15-minutes every hour standing.

To ease you into the sit-stand shift, start by standing for 5 minutes every hour and progress up to the 15 minute mark. Make it part of your daily routine; set a timer or use software to prompt you.

Follow our tips to get the most from your standing desk:

  • Avoid strain on your back and neck by raising your desk to a height where you are able to direct your line of sight in a natural manner.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to ease the transition from sitting to standing.
  • Make sure your desk is able to support the weight of your arms, but that you're not leaning forward and hunching.

So are you getting the most out of your sit-stand desk? Now’s the time to stand up!

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Ergonomic ideals

Tips ensure your workspace is set up to minimise aches and pains

Regardless of whether you have the ideal ergonomic chair, there are still things you can do to correct your workplace seating to improve your comfort levels and prevent unnecessary pain.

Correct your posture

Sit up straight with your shoulders back, spine straight and your neck in a comfortable position. Some sources suggest to set a timer for 15 minutes and see if you are able to unconsciously maintain this position for extended periods of time. Get yourself into a good routine. It's worth the effort.

Seat height

Adjust your chair to a height where your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are at a 45° angle. Alter your armrests so your arms rest comfortably outstretched with adequate support towards your keyboard or workspace. The less strain there is on a particular area, the less pain you will experience as your muscles or spine won’t have to overcompensate.

If you are able to upgrade your office chair, select an option with multiple lever operations to adjust your seat height, backrest angle and seat slide options – such as the Tivoli Task Chair.

Foot rest

Having the option to stretch your legs for periods of time, and still have them supported can be solved by incorporating a foot stool. You can use any number of items to achieve this.

Monitor height

If you are unable to adjust your screen height with a monitor arm, it can be as simple as using a stack of books to create a makeshift stand. This will assist in maintaining a neutral neck position at a natural eye level to avoid unnecessary strain.

Quick tips

Other simple tips to consider include not holding your phone between your ear and shoulder for long periods of time, resisting the urge to cross your legs and wearing supportive shoes that will assist with healthy blood flow and reduce stress on your knees and back.