Height Adjustable Workstations
Height Adjustable Workstations are work surfaces that allow users to easily alternate between a seated position to a standing position. There are many types of products available to accommodate any space.
ADVANTAGES OF STANDING
- Burns more calories compared to sitting (20% increase)
- Reduces strain on the lower back from prolonged sitting
- Increases muscle activity
- Combats a sedentary lifestyle
DISADVANTAGES OF STANDING
- Sitting helps to stabilize the body in order to perform fine motor tasks
- Standing is not a substitute for exercise
- Increases pressure on the knees, hips, and feet
- Requires 20% more energy than sitting, placing a greater strain on the circulatory system and making people prone to using awkward postures to compensate for fatigue
- Poor standing posture can lead to locking knees, weaker abdominal muscles, or standing on one leg (causing asymmetry throughout the entire spine) to obtain relief
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE WORKSTATION?
If you experience pain or discomfort from prolonged sitting and/or work exclusively at a computer without being able to leave your desk, a height-adjustable workstation may help you. Having the option to move between sitting and standing positions can help you maintain comfortable working postures throughout the day.
WHAT ARE THE BEST POSTURES FOR MY WORKSTATION, SITTING, OR STANDING?
The best option for users who face long hours of sedentary work is to use a combination of sitting and standing. The human body responds best to a balance between static and dynamic activity. You should move and have balance throughout your day.
I HAVE A HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE WORKSTATION ALREADY, IS IT SET UP CORRECTLY?
- With relaxed shoulders, your keyboard/mouse should be at elbow height
- The top of the monitor(s) should be at or below your eye level, in both sitting and standing positions
- Use a supportive and adjustable chair when sitting
- Wear supportive shoes when standing, and replace them frequently (DO NOT wear heels when standing as it can cause spinal/hip misalignment)
- Do not shift your weight from side to side or jut your hip to the side. Instead, place your foot forward onto a low stool to keep your spine in a neutral position when you feel the need to shift your weight off one foot or the other.
- Remember to alternate postures. Use a timer if it is hard to remember when to sit.
- A good rule of thumb: Sit for every 20-30 minutes and stand or move around for 10 minutes.