If you spend your day at work sitting at a computer desk, at some point around 3:00 p.m. or so you start to get those aches. You know what I’m talking about. That pain in the lower back or the creak in the shoulder from hunching over. Whatever it is for you, sometimes you wonder if there’s a better option.
One of the latest trends in ergonomics and employee safety is standing desks. Standing workstations bring a lot of benefits with them but the discussion as to whether or not they’re truly better than sitting is still up for debate.
The pros of using standing computer desks are:
You’ll Have More Energy
Because you’re standing all day, blood flows to your body easily, giving your entire body more energy. You won’t get too sleepy if you’re standing all work day, you’ll feel a lot more energetic.
You’ll Interact More With Coworkers
When you’re sitting at your desk in a cubicle, you’re cut off from other people and it’s easy to barricade yourself in solitude. Standing means you’re likely to be out of a cubicle and more likely to interact with passers-by.
You’ll Have Better Posture
Obviously, standing all day is much better for your back than sitting, hunched over in front of a computer all day.
You’ll Be More Action-Oriented
Because you’re standing, you’re more awake and aware. It might be a matter of seconds but you’re going to react quicker, make decisions faster and be much more observant.
There are cons to standing computer desks as well…
You’ll Get Sore
You are standing all day, after all. Your legs are going to need some time to get used to that and even then you’re not really meant to be on your feet all day. You’re gonna need to power through the discomfort.
You’ll Need To Change Your Habits
Do you like to eat lunch at your desk? Do you like privacy while you work? Do you have certain habits that are related to having a cubicle or seated desk? All of those things are going to change and may go away forever.
You’ll Be Noticed
This is personal preference but wallflowers are going to dislike this. Because you’re standing and out among the masses, you will be noticed a lot more often than if you were in a room or cube.
Either way, make sure you’re getting the most out of your mind and body at work by following these exercises and best practices for ergonomics.
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