Three Features to Consider Before Buying a Standing Desk
Getting out of your work chair and on your feet, even for short windows during the workday, can help you avoid the side effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average American adult spends an unhealthy 6.5 hours a day sitting. If sitting is the new smoking, as has been said, then the first place to amend our sedentary ways is at work. A variable-height desk allows you to change from sitting to standing at the press of a button. Intermittent standing takes pressure off your spine, improves circulation, and reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, and high-blood pressure associated with inactive lifestyles. Here are a few features to look for when trying to get back on your feet during the workday.
A standing desk with integrated lifts eliminates the need to buy a separate table or work surface. If you opt for a one-piece design, be sure that both the lowest and highest settings will accommodate your personal height and stance.
Large Work Surface
Desk toppers or “risers” sit right on top of your existing desk and allow you to adjust the height with either electric or spring-assisted lifts. The work surface may be smaller than your current desk, so make sure it will meet your space needs, especially if you work with dual monitors.
Many standing desks are infinitely adjustable; they can be set to any height within their range. As long as they have locking adjustments every half inch or so, you should be able to find just the right height for comfortable standing.