Your workday and schedule doesn’t fit into a box, so why should your workstation? The freedom to sit or stand at your desk throughout the day is awesome.
The question is… how long does it take to adjust to standing while working? Honestly it is different for everyone. There are a few key pointers to be on the look out for, I will address those in this post.
First, let me tell you a bit about my overall experience adjusting.
For me, I started using a full time standing desk. It was a drafting table that I had adjusted up to the comfortable height for me. I had also purchased a drafting height chair so that when I needed a brief break from standing (ironic I know) I could sit.
I found that when I was using the chair my posture was worse than sitting at a traditional desk.
I developed a back pain that was pretty crappy to have to deal with.
Needless to say, the whole point of having a standing desk for me - the freedom to stand and work with better productivity was causing me more pain.
Discovering my non-adjustable desk wasn't cutting it
So I lowered the desk because now it hurt to stand! NOT the situation I wanted to be in.
I probably could’ve avoided the whole thing if I would have just got a height adjustable desk to start with. I didn’t really explore my options that much and went the fixed standing route and it didn’t work for me.
What is the best resolution in this scenario? The height adjustable desk.
Now, having the freedom to adjust from sitting to standing, or standing to sitting with the push of a button has changed the game. I’m able to work much more comfortably.
Back to how long it takes to get adjusted to a standing desk.
Realistic adjustment period - simple
Do I dare say… there shouldn’t really be any adjustment to using a standing desk if you are able to rotate between standing and sitting. When you tire of standing, you adjust to sitting. When you are tired of sitting, you just adjust to a comfortable standing height.
Proper posture when sitting and standing is important too. Try not to slouch when sitting, and stand straight but comfortably when upright. Early on I found shoes a key component to standing comfortably, but like to switch between shoes off and on. Anti fatigue gel mat pads help a bunch.
If you don’t have the luxury of being able to adjust between standing and sitting, you will need to pay attention to your body and let it tell you when you are uncomfortable. If you plan to stand all the time there certainly is going to be some adjusting involved.
Back to the notion that it is different for everyone. We all have different body makeups, and yours is unique, so it isn’t a one size sits all situation.
Overall - the awesome freedom you get from standing will be a huge boost to your morale and productivity regardless so don’t let it hold you back.
Question: What are your experiences, have any tips for newbies wondering how to adjust to standing while working?
(photo credit: Chandra Marsono)