Stand Up Sit Down
There is much being said at the moment about Stand Up Desks and the associated health benefits. Although the latest ‘fad’ for start ups and funky office make-overs the Stand Up desk has been utilized for years. Winston Churchill and Thomas Jefferson used a stand up desk every day of their working lives and draftsmen have used stand up sit down desks as a standard part of their office fit outs.
Google will bring you a raft of results on the benefits of the stand up work place but there is not much written about some of the other changes you may need to make to ensure you are realising the benefits.
A small lift in the shoe assists keeping the hips aligned for proper posture. Basically a fully flat shoe or a high heel is going to be counter-productive.
Flip flops and ballet flats may seem like a good option but the ideal shoe would be something with .5 – 1 inch rise.
A running shoe or court shoe.
Keeping joints soft, not locking your knees or ankles
Gently shifting weight from one foot to the other every few minutes
Desk height should have your elbows at 90 degrees
Top of screen should be slightly below eye level
Anti fatigue matting (stand up desk matt) will assist with legs becoming tired due to hard floors or surfaces
If this can’t be achieved consider adding inner soles to shoes
Short bursts of standing to equal about 2 hours a day is recommended by a study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine (source: Sydney Morning Herald National June 2, 2015)
Increasing to approximately 4 hours a day
Productivity One of the major benefits of the SU-SD desk has been said to be productivity, with some articles and blogs claiming a proven 10% productivity surge when employees have the option of standing during parts of their day. This surge comes from an increased energy level through improved blood flow driving more constant energy.
Higher concentration is delivered due to the urgency of standing, the feeling of wanting to finish tasks with a lower chance of multi tasking which is a productivity killer. Though opposing this is the requirement for more creative thinking which was seen in some testing by readwrite.com to be benefited by ‘not paying attention to your corporal self… letting your mind wander and explore creative options’.
The SU-SD desk would also provide support for the 10 minute rule which is stated to revolutionise your productivity (source: inc.com). Break your to-do-list down to 10 minute tasks and see what you can achieve with a greater focus. Joining this rule with a SU-SD desk and allowing yourself to sit after a particular set of completed tasks provides powerful productivity tool!