Many people think that when you get a standing desk, you will stand there for hours, just like you would if you were sitting in an office chair. Actually, standing still like that is very hard on your knees, hips, and back. This has caused some backlash against standing desks from people who claim that they are bad for your body. Looking at the health problems that workers have who are required to stand in one spot for eight hours a day, it is easy to see that this accusation might have something to it. But in fact, this is not at all how standing desks should be used.
Standing desks are supposed to help you move
You are not supposed to be standing completely still. The whole point of standing up is that it is easier to move. You can do all sorts of motions at your standing desk, including:
- Rocking back and forth
- Taking small steps back and forth
- Doing micro squats
- Doing micro lunges
- Pacing around your office space
- Doing muscle isolation exercises
- And basically anything else you feel comfortable doing in your office space.
You may get some funny looks, but most bosses will be more than willing to forgive you for lunges when they see your productivity increase.
You’re actually not supposed to stand for 8 hours straight
We recommend using an ergonomic chair or a balancing stool to rest on when your legs get tired. If you opt for a sit-stand desk, a yoga ball also makes for a great chair that keeps you moving and working your core muscles.