Basic Ergonomics Primer for Using Your Standing Desk

What we know: Too much sitting is bad. Using proper ergonomics and a standing desk is good.

What we (probably) don’t know: What “proper ergonomics” means.

We’ve been conditioned to recognize “ergonomic” as a positive word that we want associated with chairs, desks, and other office basics and accessories. However, it’s not a magic incantation; if a chair has the word ‘ergonomic’ on the label that doesn’t mean you can sit in it all hunched over and twisted and your back will still somehow be properly aligned. So, here’s a basic primer on using your adjustable height standing desk with proper ergonomics so you can get the most out of it.

SITTING

When working in a sitting position, your monitor should be at eye level, and the surface holding your keyboard and mouse (either the top of your desk or the keyboard tray) should be at or slightly below elbow height so that your elbows bend at a 90-degree angle. Your eyes should be 20 – 28 inches from the monitor screen which should be at a 20-degree tilt. Your legs should be bent at a 90-degree angle with your feet flat on the floor or on a low foot rest and your back against the back of your office chair for lumbar support.

Sitting

STANDING:

When working in a standing position, your monitor should be at eye level, and the surface holding your keyboard and mouse (either the top of the VARIDESK platform or the keyboard tray) should be at or slightly below elbow height so that your elbows bend at a 90-degree angle. Your eyes should be 20 – 28 inches from the monitor screen which should be at a 20-degree tilt. Wearing comfortable shoes and/or using an anti-fatigue mat will help reduce back strain by encouraging proper posture where your shoulders are relaxed and directly above your hips. Occasionally resting one foot on a foot rest or small stool can increase your comfort as long as you switch feet every few minutes.

Standing

If you want to dive a little deeper into the basic principles of ergonomics, this illustrated article is a great place to start. Most importantly, to get the most out of your sit-stand desk, USE it. Set your reminder app to send you occasional alerts to stand up or sit down so you don’t get busy and forget!

Emily Bright

Emily Bright

Emily Bright works at VARIDESK within the sales & marketing function. She is one of our greatest assets and works tirelessly to reinforce the positive benefits of using standing desks such as the VARIDESK.
 

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