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The Healthy Office Checklist: Simple Tips for an Ergonomic Workspace

 

Use this easy and efficient checklist to build the healthy, productive workspace of your dreams.

 

Things to Think About While Sitting

  1. My chair is vertically adjustable and on a five-point base — a supportive foundation is a critical first step to a healthy workspace.
  2. My chair has an adjustable lumbar (lower back) support — avoid a hunched or over-extended posture.
  3. When seated, my knees are not higher than my hips — keep those hips open and engaged.
  4. My feet rest flat on the floor or are supported by a stable footrest — congrats, you’ve graduated from the kiddy table!
  5. I do not sit continuously for more than 1 hour at a time — sitting is killing us and making us stupider — get off your butt!

Things to Think About While Standing

  1. I have a standing or upright desk available to me — many companies have started to really invest in their employees’ health and offer standing desk options. A simple, affordable (and shareable) solution will work just fine.
  2. If a standing desk is not available to me, I have asked my company to provide a standing desk option. Many insurance policies actually cover health-related office tools like standing desks—so don’t be shy about asking your HR department or office manager about available desk options. You can even send them a link to this article for reference.
  3. My standing desk is height-adjustable and accommodates my personal preferences — everyone is different, so start slow and don’t feel the need to invest in a bulky, expensive option right off the bat.
  4. My standing desk is not my only workstation option — we all get tired of standing sometimes, make sure you can sit when and where you want.

 

General Mobility and Health 

  1. I acknowledge that we are neither meant to sit nor stand for long durations of time throughout our workday—James Levine of the Mayo Clinic offers lots of helpful studies that will build your awareness and make you sound smart.
  2. I take multiple walks throughout my workday — your body is meant to move!
  3. I avoid sitting at my desk while eating lunch — Huffington Post says it will increase your stress levels and decrease your creativity.
  4. I drink at least ½ my body weight in ounces of water each day — a person who weighs 180 lbs should drink at least 90 oz of water each day.
  5. I stretch at least once per day — although we highly suggest you stand up and stretch, here is a stretching routine you can even do at your desk.

 

July 20, 2015

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How to Stand: Healthy Advice for Standing Desk Newbies

StorkStand How to Stand - Standing Desks for Beginners

 

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.

Learn more about making the gradual transition from sitting to standing at work.