A FEW MORE PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Having the entire desk move is ideal as it allows your keyboard, laptop, monitor, phone, coffee and all your paperwork to move with you. One of the biggest drawbacks of the desk top products is that the only things that move with you are the monitor and keyboard. That means you are reaching for the phone, or reaching for your paperwork, which is not only inefficient but places strain on your body.
Your adjustable desk should not be a chore or create more work by being difficult to adjust. If you have to lift, strain or push you run the risk of hurting yourself. Manual systems and desk top systems require varying degrees of effort and the heavier the equipment on the desk the more effort required to move it, especially when moving to the up or standing position.
Human nature being what it is, you may decide that it’s just not worth the effort and decide to keep sitting instead of dealing with a product that is difficult to adjust. Don’t make that mistake!
The best solution to address ease of adjustability is an electric, height adjustable workcenter. It’s simple, reliable and easy to use; therefore, you will be more likely to use it.
Your adjustable desk should not be a chore or create more work… The best solution is an electric, height adjustable workcenter. It’s simple, reliable and easy to use; therefore, you will be more likely to use it.
I would like to refer back to Dr. Levine and his research one last time. His message was meant to urge us to move more and sit less. His research did not say we need to stop sitting… it simply indicated that we should sit less and move more. If you have found this information useful and plan to buy an adjustable height desk remember this… just buying it won’t help at all… you have to use it and use it correctly!
As with any physical activity, your body will have to get used to working differently so I recommend small doses of standing initially. Stand for ten minutes every hour. Going to get coffee or going to talk with a colleague counts as activity. Remember we are trying to move not just stand. You will soon find that this has become a part of your daily routine and that it is second nature for you. After a few weeks or months when the novelty of your new desk wears off you may really need to make an effort to continue with this lifestyle change.
The final point about pain is that if it hurts or causes discomfort that’s your body saying let’s do something different. If your feet hurt sit back down, if your neck is stiff stop staring at your monitor for a few minutes… listen to your body… move as often as you can throughout the day. We have a company slogan… ”your next position is the best position”… again, the idea is all about movement.