If you switch from a sitting desk to a standing desk all in one go, the first thing you are going to notice is that your legs are sore and exhausted by the end of the first day. How do you keep up with your commitment to health when your joints are crying out in protest? Here are some essential tools of the trade that will keep you healthy, happy, and on your feet.
Sit-stand desks are designed to lower when you want to sit in a chair, and raise when you want to stand. Is this a cop out? Not at all. Most people can’t stand for 8 or more hours straight, and it is hard on your back, your hips, and your knees to try. In fact, standing itself is not what is beneficial to your health, but moving. So sit when you need to sit, and stand as much as possible, and when you stand, move!
Ergonomic floor mats
A thick cushion under your feet will go a long way to relieve back and joint pain associated with standing for long periods of time. Standing and moving is good for your cardiovascular system, but don’t forget to take care of your bones and your joints!
They might not be the most glamorous things in the world, but a pair of sturdy, supportive shoes will help you feel great and get a lot of work done. If you can’t stand the thought of walking through your work in grandpa shoes, leave them under your desk and wear your fancy shoes when people are going to be seeing your feet.
There are tons of ergonomic chairs on the market for standing desks and sit-stand desks. Some of our favorites are basically fancy stools that you perch on when you need to give your knees a rest. The qualities you should look for in an ergonomic chair include engaging your core muscles, and making it easy to get up again and move.