For most of us, being productive at work means being at a desk.
However, sitting for too long can cause back, neck, and shoulder pain, along with tightened hip flexors and increased lethargy. Some workers mitigate this by taking regular standing and walking breaks. But another solution that has gained traction lately is the introduction of a new contraption: the sit-stand desk.
How Do Sit-Stand Desks Work?
The nice thing about sit-stand desks is that you’re not stuck in any one position. Using either a motor or a manual hydraulic system, the desk can be raised and lowered to accommodate both standing and sitting.
Researchers agree that the best way to stay healthy at work is by incorporating a mix of sitting, standing, and moving. Sit-stand desks allow you to work however you are most comfortable at that moment.
What Can You Expect from a Sit-Stand Desk?
Traffic Coordinator Andrea Kring is among the agency’s first sit-stand adoptees.
“Because I have a spinal condition, my doctor recommended I try to avoid sitting in the same position all day,” Andrea said. “I’ve noticed having more energy from being able to stand and stretch out, and my back pain has lessened.”
Andrea notes that she prefers standing and working when she first arrives at the office. She likes to alternate throughout the day, depending on the kind of work she’s doing.
“I really can’t think of a downside of being able to choose sitting or standing while you work,” Andrea said.
Andrea prefers the VARIDESK brand for its reputation for well-designed products. She offered the following advice for those interested in purchasing a sit-stand desk:
“Make sure it has proper hydraulics. Yenae shared with me that she had one at her old job that she had to hoist up and down, and it was a lot of hassle at times. Mechanical risers do cost less and do not make noise to reposition, but you may want to consider the possible additional noise that comes with a motorized version. This is something to consider if you work in a cubicle environment.”
Standing desks were once bulky and expensive. We now enjoy an abundance of well-priced options for sit-stand risers.
SAM complies with federal regulations in accommodating employees with ADA-registered disabilities. If you do not meet this criterion, you can still browse the selection of affordable sit-stand desks available from retailers like Amazon. There are many quality products available for under $150.
After reviewing the benefits, you may just feel it is worth the investment!