Now more than ever, large parts of the population are spending over 8 hours sitting at their computer desk for work. As technology advances, many service jobs are becoming automated or computerized, making computers a daily necessity in any industry. The problem here is that sitting for a long period of time has been shown to cause numerous health issues, including back and heart problems, as well as joint issues and other related symptoms.
The main problem associated with sitting desks is that the blood in your body is not circulating enough, increasing risk for blood cots and irregular blood pressure. One solution would be to get up from your desk regularly and walk around to ensure that you are getting the recommended amount of exercise. But interrupting work to move around can be distracting to some workers and there isn’t always enough room to take a walk in the office.
Standing desks are a great option. It adjusts with your height and allows for work to be done while standing in an upright position, optimizing proper blood circulation.
Choosing a standing desk can be daunting if you have never used one before, so we have compiled two of the key features to look for in a standing desk.
The main purpose of the desk is to raise the computer station to a height that allows you to stand. People come in a variety of sizes, so make sure you have a desk that fits your size specifically or one that is able to move up and down according to user preference. A movable desk is recommended as it may be used for a variety of purposes over time.
Some desks even come with a feature to lower their height all the way down to a common desk level. This allows users to switch back and forth between sitting and standing throughout the day as they see fit.
Newer electronic models of adjustable desks have made their way onto the market. These desks are easy to adjust and they can remember a preset desk height, so multiple users can move the level of the desk and the desk will always come back to its main height setting.
If your computer station is permanently set up on your desk, you will need to configure your various cords that power your monitor, tower, phone, and any other electronics that you have on your desk. If you do not have the appropriate organization, these cords could get tangled and damaged when adjusting the table height or they could interfere with the work environment if they get in the way of employees.
Cord management can be a notch in the table, a hole that all of the cords travel through, or another similar method. As long as the cables are out of the way, especially during height adjustment periods, then your desk should work well with little issues.