For those of us who are working from home and probably getting so sick of sitting, why don’t you try and set up a standing workstation.
I’ve used a shelf from one of my kitchen cupboards and stacked it up with some boxes to make a section of my fold up Picnic table a standing section. I then just move my laptop between the low desk height to my new standup desk.
So just to help you work out what height your desk should be just follow these quick tips:
- The standing desk height should be where you can comfortably rest your forearms on the flat desk surface; this will stop you gradually stooping forward as you get tired. It will also allow you to support the weight of your arms instead of having them hanging or floating when you are using the keyboard and mouse.
- Your legs will get tired from long intervals of standing, so you may notice that you shift your weight from one leg to the other. If you take some advice from the early ergonomists, The Publican, they worked out how to keep you comfortable at the bar drinking for longer periods of time (and to their financial benefit) by placing a foot rung along the lower level of the Bar. So rather than hitching your pelvis when you swap weight bearing from one leg to the other, try finding a box or similar that you can rest your foot on; then change feet regularly **(However remember that current guidance recommends about 8 minutes of standing per 1/2 hour… for more info on this check out my blog on Sitting and Standing at work – what’s best for my health).
- Keep your gaze angle downward. Aim for looking down towards the same position as you would hold a book to read! This will reduce eye muscle fatigue when focussing; stop your eyes drying because more or your eyelid will cover the eyeball; and places the head and neck in a neutral position.
- See a summary in the photo below: