Body Language – Best Practices for Using Standing Desks.
The Ergonomics Health Association, which is all about creating safer workspaces, offers these sound nuggets:
How high is high enough?
The wrong height is a prescription for pain! You want a height that won’t lead to hunching forward but also allows your hands and wrists to be placed higher than your keyboard. Optimally, the desk should be the same height as your elbows when you place them at a 90-degree angle.
Monitor your monitor.
Again, we’re talking about angles. If your chin is at a 90-angle and your eyes are looking at the top third of the screen, you have it right.
Position your mouse and keyboard so your elbows are bent at least 90 degrees, that magic number, but it is fine if you want to widen the angle.
Learning how to stand. Wait a minute. You learned that when you were less than a year old and everyone was thrilled with the way you did it. At a standing desk, though, you have to avoid old bad habits – and new ones!
- Keep your knees slightly bend and your feet shoulder-width apart. This will force your quads to prevail over your back, which will be very happy about your quads. Do not lock your knees.
- When you are standing, it’s easy to move, which you should. Periodically dance, squat, shuffle, do body twists. Not while you are keyboarding, but often enough to help keep you limber.
- If you place your computer 20-28 inches from your face, you will be less likely to hunch forward.
- Consider getting an anti-fatigue mat if your desk is on a hard floor. Standing will be more comfortable.