There is a lot of misinformation traveling around offices about those oh-so-popular height-adjustable workstations that have everyone standing at work. Some are very “pro-standing” while others have you sitting right back in your chair. What is the truth? Is it true that you can never wear a nice pair of heels to the job again if you invest in a standing desk? How will you stand all day, while wearing a hot blazer, as soon as you get your new desk? Do not worry: the truth is, height-adjustable workstations are truly worth the investment and very easy to incorporate into the average daily lifestyle of most employees—if you follow a few tips and forget about the myths. Here are some myths about standing desks debunked, as well as what you should wear at your standing desk to make your life standing at work more comfortable.
1. You Have Got to Stand All Day
A lot of people get their new standing desk and feel like they have to stand all day right out of the starting gate. Hold your horses, because standing the entire day, especially in the beginning, is not encouraged. You should start small, standing for an hour at a time maximum, and slowly work your way up from there. Standing successfully relies heavily on the comfort of your feet. When you start your standing journey, your feet will naturally hurt. You can diminish this pain by wearing shoes that are supportive and comfortable. If you must wear a pair that is not good for standing, be sure to take frequent breaks to give your feet a rest.
2. Standing Hurts
Yes, standing does hurt in the beginning, but if you are practicing good habits for standing at work, you should build stamina and be standing pain free shortly. Be sure that you have your height-adjustable workstation set to the correct height, and invest in an anti-fatigue mat to stand on at your desk. Wear clothes that are not restrictive to further encourage painless standing.
3. You Do Not Have the Energy
Standing at work can actually give you a great energy boost to help you to get through your day. You might realize that you have never felt so productive when you start to stand. As your stamina builds, you can let your wardrobe become a little more flexible. You might even be able to eventually stand in that favorite pair of shoes.
4. Everyone Will Judge
Speak with your coworkers before you invest in a height-adjustable desk, new shoes and a comfortable wardrobe. Your fellow employees will probably be very curious to know why you decided to make the switch to standing at work. Take the time to educate them on the benefits of standing and the dangers of the excessive sedentary activity that is experienced when someone sits for most of their time.
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If you would like more information on myths about standing desks and how to improve standing at work, visit our Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Workstation page or contact a representative with Uprite Ergo today.