It isn’t some new coding language or iPhone app for your dog.
Standing isn’t exciting; it’s simply something we do when we aren’t moving or sitting.
The act of standing might not be particularly interesting, but when andwhere we choose to stand is actually an intriguing topic.
Studies show that most Americans sit at work for more than 7.5 hours every day. That’s more than double the doctor recommended daily amount and is proven to contribute to diabetes, weight gain and heart failure. But thankfully, someone invented a solution to this epidemic: the standing desk.
Of course! A simple contraption that allows you to stand while you work, consequently boosting health and productivity throughout your workday—seems pretty intuitive, right? The truth is, making the transition from sitting to standing at work can be a little daunting and there are many different ways to approach your first time using a standing desk.
Here are four essential tips for every standing desk newbie:
1. It takes time to adjust
The number one thing you need to remember is that it takes time to get used to standing while you work. That’s right. Over the last several years you have successfully trained your body to sit for hours upon hours each day. Now it’s time to retrain it.
Set realistic expectations and allow your body several days (even weeks) to adjust to standing. Patience is key to a healthy workspace!
2. Start out slow
The number one complaint I hear from standing desk newbies is that they get tired after only a couple hours of standing. So I tell them to sit down!
Start out by standing just an hour or two each day. See how you feel and then increase the time you stand every few days. Give your body sufficient time to adjust and the whole experience will be much more enjoyable and sustainable in the long run.
3. Stretch before you stand
You’re going to be using muscles you’ve never used before. Just like you would before you hit the gym, take a few minutes to warm up your legs and back muscles — back bends, quad and calf stretches, maybe even some downward dog?
Whatever stretches make you feel good, do ‘em! (as long as they’re appropriate for the office)
4. Listen to your body
Every single person’s body is different. That means there is no optimal amount of time we should all stand each day or perfect type of desk we should all use. Ultimately, it’s about listening to what your body is telling you and finding the right solution for you.