So, ready to use a standing desk, huh? What can you expect during the first few days, weeks, or months of using this adjustable sit-stand desk? Read on to find out.
Here’s how to start using a standing desk:
- Once the desk is assembled, it’s time to arrange all your work equipment and materials on the desk. Remember not to overload your standing desk or it might get damaged—be familiar with its load capacity and ensure you don’t exceed that.
- Make sure you set the electric standing desk to the correct height. Using the keypad it comes with, set the height in accordance with your own height, and then save it.
- Once these are done, you’re good to go!
Let’s take a look at the good news—the immediate noticeable benefits of the standing desk
Many people who start using a standing desk swear to enjoying the following instant benefits:
- Improvement in comfort
Many people experience immediate relief from discomfort when they start using a standing desk. If you’ve been sitting for extended periods and have now switched to standing, you might notice a reduction in lower back pain and an improvement in your overall comfort at work.
- Increase in energy
Many people report increased alertness and energy levels when they stand while working. This is most likely a result of improved blood and oxygen circulation in the body.
- Improvement in posture
Using a standing desk can encourage better posture, as it’s easier to maintain proper alignment of your spine while standing than while slouching in a chair. In turn, improved posture can lead to reduced strain on your neck, shoulders, and back.
An important reminder: It won’t always be easy in the beginning
While there are instant benefits to using a standing desk, you may also notice some discomfort during the early stages as your body adapts to the new routine. Standing for prolonged periods can lead to fatigue, especially if your body isn’t used to it. When you first start using a standing desk, you might also feel some leg and foot discomfort, as well as soreness as your muscles adjust to the increased activity.
Remember that it will take gradual adaptation. Over the course of a few weeks, your body will likely adapt to standing more, and you might notice improvements in your overall comfort level. The muscles in your legs and core will strengthen, your body will become more accustomed to the new posture, and it will be easier as you consistently do it.
Getting the most benefits out of your standing desk
Looking at the benefits of standing on one side and the discomfort on the other side, it’s now important to focus on maximizing your use of the standing desk so that you minimize the discomfort and maximize the wellbeing.
For optimal benefits, it’s recommended to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. Finding the right balance that works for you is key. Gradually increase the time you spend standing as your body becomes more accustomed to it. Start small, go steadily, and build over time.
Enjoying the long-term benefits of the standing desk
Once you’ve built the habits and made sitting and standing a lifestyle, you can expect long-term benefits to both your health and overall wellbeing, too. Over time, the consistent use of a standing desk can contribute to improved overall health. It may help with weight management, reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases associated with prolonged sitting, and promote better circulation in your body.
As you go through the journey of living a more active life with a standing desk, remember that everyone’s experience is unique. Some individuals might notice the effects and enjoy the benefits sooner, while others might take longer to adapt. It’s essential to listen to your body, make adjustments to your standing routine as needed, and ensure that you’re using proper ergonomics in your entire workstation.
If you experience persistent discomfort or pain in the use of a standing desk, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare professional to ensure that you’re using the desk in a way that supports your health and wellbeing. It’s also important to check that you have the standing desk that is right for you.