The first piece of advice goes without saying, however many people do not ease their way into a new routine and try to overdo it from the start. So, take it easy to begin with, you do not have to stand all day to reap the health benefits of a standing desk.
In fact, it’s more beneficial to alternate between sitting and standing in the early stages, as the key to unlocking the true potential of a stand-up desk is to introduce more movement into your daily routine, not to just stand all day.
Just listen to your body and if it’s telling you that your calf muscles ache or that your feet are sore, then it’s time to take a seat. That’s fine – small steps, remember! – so just build on up over the first weeks and months and attain a level of fitness and stamina that allows you to stand for longer periods of time.
The second thing to know is that you will need to ensure your new manual or electric standing desk is ergonomically correct in its set up. And the ergonomic principles of a seated position apply equally to standing: It’s important when either sitting or standing, that your arms when bent at the elbow for tasks such as data entry keying, are parallel to the desk. When seated the adjustment needs to be made in the chair. When standing, simply elevate the desk to the correct height.
Now adjust the monitor to its ergonomically correct height. Once you’ve adjusted the desk height, stand at the desk as if you’re keying and look straight ahead at the monitor. You should be looking at the top third of the screen in your normal sitting or standing position. The screen should also be at least an arms- length away.
A monitor stand is a great accessory to have as it allows you to adjust the height, depth and angle of the screen. Monitor stands come in a wide range of styles and different price points, however a simple clamp on design is sufficient for most users. These usually attach to the back of the desk and are available to take multiple monitors.