Health experts and professionals are making the public more aware through their journals and through news features that standing while working up is far more productive and healthier for the body and not sitting down. If you are sat down all day, commuting to work and then sitting at a desk all day, you are actually increasing your risk of ‘sitting down diseases‘ such as diabetes, cancer, varicose veins and other associated health problems. Interestingly – sitting down for such extended periods of time during your day to day life can also shorten your life expectancy by a staggering amount of time. For every hour that you sit down, you can expect to lose 2 hours off the end of your life as well as increased chances of health problems. If you’re on your feet more during the day you will feel the extra energy and feel more active – which in turn helps make you more productive. However finding that right balance between sitting down and standing up is always a priority, so when your legs do get tired of standing up and you need to rest them, but don’t want to waste time changing the height of the desk, or even more so if you can’t change the height of your desk – a great cheaper alternative is to get a standing desk chair, this means you can raise the height of the chair so it’s high enough to position you at the right height on the desk, this means you can quickly and efficiently continue to work.
The added benefits of using an adjustable height desk along a standing desk chair means that you will benefit from firmer muscles and a fantastic, useful increase in creativity, some of the world’s greatest minds used standing desk chairs. We’ve already covered the great benefits and use of a standing desk mat but for the greatest use combining it with a standing desk chair is the best way to feel all the benefits. There are certain guidelines and recommendations for the height required for optimum comfort and experts are saying that the best height for a standing desk is about elbow level. You should also consider how your computer screen is also positioned as this is also crucial. Make sure that your screen is just above your own eye level – this means that you do not have to tilt your head up or down while looking at the screen as this can cause an unnatural bend in your spine if you’re looking at the wrong angle. In an ideal situation, you need a standing desk chair that allows you to to stand when you want to at the desk but also have a comfortable seating position for the occasional lean or sit, moving the adjustable desk can sometimes be a little fiddly so it’s more effective just to press the handle on a chair to change the height to instantly be able to sit at your desk.
The evolution of the standing desk chair has changed a lot in the past 20 years or so and chair designers have created a range of chairs which vary from the simple blue office chair all the way to the most advanced ergonomic health chairs which help back problems and issues and that can be created and built specifically to measurements of a person.
There are many style from design led standing desk chairs to leather executive chairs – they’re designed for comfort and to complement and not just be there for pure function. In recent years the design has been focused on allowing the user to have more freedom and movement while sat down and using the chair. On one standing desk chair you may find yourself comfortable and sat properly on the chair, however some may be designed in a way that just allows you to perch on the chair and use it as a bit of rest but you still find yourself supported by your legs. The price always varies quite a bit with computer standing desk chairs also – you can go for the inexpensive option if you’re on a budget, however if you’re looking for great comfort and fantastic support along great height controls then you may want to set a bigger budget and invest in a slightly more expensive standing desk chair.
There are certain criteria that you may want to consider when you are looking for a standing desk chair:
- The standing desk chair MUST be adjustable in height to suit the needs of yourself and your desk – all standing desks can vary in height and the chair allows you to sit at any height, even if you have an adjustable height desk, you can still use it in the full sitting position as you would do a normal desk
- Make sure when you are sat at the desk that your elbows are at the right height – so they are raised higher slightly than the desk surface and that your finger tips are pointing down at the keyboard
- The standing desk chair should have a backwards and a forwards tilt function which allows the best versatility possible
- To maintain excellent and healthy posture the chair should also have great lumbar support
- The main backrest of the standing desk chair should also have the function to be adjusted to suit your ideal sitting position
The standing desk chairs are also known as sit-to-stand chairs, they can come in the form of a proper seat or just a stool which allows you to perch on the edge and help keep your legs fresh while working in an office or at home. These kind of chairs help and support all kinds of fitness levels but allow you to slowly promote a healthier way of working – standing up while at a desk.
What do you need to do to lead a healthier working lifestyle?
The idea is to keep it simple, this goes for many things in life and it still applied for an adjustable height design with standing desk chair. Moderation is essential as the human body always responds the best to a great balance of both sitting and standing, this static and dynamic activity is what the human body needs. In exercise you have activity and recovery so it is the same principle, standing up is amazingly beneficial for you but don’t over do it because you will start to cause injury if you take it to the extreme – and that applies for both sides, especially if you sit down 100% of the time or stand up 100% of the time. While you’re sitting on your standing desk chair make sure it has the flexibility to allow you to have a small amount of movement while remaining comfortable and that you feel safe while seated – especially if the standing desk chair is quite high up off the ground.
Here are a few things to consider to get the healthiest balance while at an adjustable height desk
- Learn how to properly and efficiently adjust your standing desk chair to the correct height and setting
- Make sure your keyboard, mouse and any other computer equipment is at the right angle to cut and decrease strain on eyes and joints
- Keep your feet on the floor so your legs can move freely, rather than dangling mid air
- Make sure you move while in your standing desk chair and not sitting in a sedentary position for hours on end, you’ll find parts of your body going numb if not
When searching and shopping around you have the option to either buy a fixed standing desk or purchase an adjustable height desk which allows you to change the height based on your preference. This means that you need a good standing desk chair to go with it so you can change the height of the standing desk chair at any point while working at the desk station. The standing desk chair must be able to change height quickly and easily to allow you to sit at the optimum position while at the desk, this means that it will reduce strain while seated. You may also want to invest in an elevated footrest which again will help reduce the strain on your ankles while sitting and putting your feet on the floor.
Standing desk mats may also be useful for you to use alongside a standing desk chair as these add support and comfort for your feet while standing up at the desk and are quite inexpensive to purchase. When you have the ability to change the height of the desk and the standing desk chair you need to make sure that your keyboard and mouse can also be altered to suit your wrist and eyes. If you struggle to remember to change your posture then you may want to consider setting some form of timer that reminds you to stand, the best balance is standing up for one or two hours and then sitting down for one or two hours, this means you get the great benefits of standing up during the day but also allows you to sit down and give your legs a rest when needed. The worst type of footwear that you could have on it high heels so make sure that you wear something comfortable and flexible to allow you to move around comfortably, it may also be worth considering footwear that is easy to remove, so when you do sit down for a rest you can take your shoes off and rest your feet.
There are amazing benefits of standing up while working however you need to make sure not to over do it, if you do stand up too long sometimes it can result in poor posture if you stand up too long because you develop bad habits when you become tired and fatigued from standing up your posture changes to make yourself as comfortable as possible – sometimes this means hunching or standing in a bad position.
It’s pretty safe to say that there are a whole amazing range of benefits that standing up while working can bring to yourself physical and mental well being and the pros definitely outweigh the cons, when you sit down for over 15 hours a day, which is starting to be the average now, you are a lot more likely to develop what health experts and professionals are calling ‘sitting down disease’ which can range from anything including diabetes, obesity, cancer, circulatory problems and other various health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles. Just standing up for 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference over a period of time, it could be as simple as standing up once every few hours, or even parking your car 30 seconds from your drive on the street which means you have to walk to your car and back every time you go to and from work.
In conclusion we have looked at both sides of the argument here for standing and sitting while working at a desk, there are some amazing health benefits that includes making you feel more alert and aware during the day – being on your feet helps keep the body active which means you feel more away; this results in a higher productivity level which is great news for employers. Although you have to consider finding the right balance when you look into this new approach and way of working, although it’s great and extremely beneficial as well as life saving to stand up during your working day – if you do stand up too much you’ll end up causing more harm than good, this could be simply health problems like varicose veins or you could actually promote circulatory problems to your ankles if you’re not used to standing up all the time, you could also develop a poor posture when your standing up at your desk because when you get tired you often start slumping which results in bad posture and this links to back problems and spinal problems.
A great solution to these problems and a way which will help you find the perfect balance, is combining three items together. So the first is the height adjustable design which can move up and down to suit your needs. When you’re standing up, it’s important to have the support and comfort on your feet, this means wearing sensible footwear along with a standing desk mat which is suited for either feet or shoes. Then alongside this to finish off – to get the right balance of sitting and standing without the hassle of having to constantly change the height of the desk you can get a standing desk chair which can change from a low normal desk height all the way to a high standing desk for the tallest of people, this is easier, faster and more efficient. There are many types of standing desk chairs available and it’s up to you whether you want an extremely comfortable one, or an alternative that it just used more of a perch than anything to take the weight off your feet every so often.