Warnings on Working Standing Up

Best position at a standing desk

We recently came across an article with an interesting title, “Controversial technology in the office”.

Upon further exploration, the article was not so much a list of technologies to watch out for as it was a caveat with regards to the standing desk phenomenon. In short, it warned office workers not to get so enthralled with their standing desks that they, well, forget to sit down.

The article linked to an in depth set of interviews, conducted by cbsnews, in which experts elaborated more on the topic and included a great tip sheet.

But first, an interesting observation. According to Dr. Jason Freedman, an orthopedic surgery specialist, standing desks are certainly beneficial. The statistics bear this out. In 2011 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that even reducing your ‘sitting time’ by an hour per day, had positive effects. Upper back and neck pain was reduced by 54% and even moods improved. Still, according to Freedman, we shouldn’t expect standing up all day to cure all ills.

We recommend you read the full article as there are some interesting facts and observations from Dr. Freedman that you may find helpful. We’ve reprinted the infographic from the article below. It spotlights key trigger areas and provides tips on how to stand properly at a desk.

If your business center or coworking space uses standing desks and treadmill desks, this might be a good graphic to post throughout your space.

We didn’t know there was a right and wrong way to stand, did you?

Credit: Graphic adapted from Angus McIntyre and Matthew Brauer/CC BY-SA 1.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0

Standing desk infographic

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