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7 May

15 Tips for Standup Workstation Users

stand3A lot of people who embrace the standup workstation thing think the work stops once you stand up. Sitting is hard, standing is easy – right? I don’t blame them, because I was the same way when I began incorporating the standup workstation. But, like barefoot runners who toss the shoes and rush into 10ks and marathons and end up injuring themselves, workers who ditch the chairs and spend full workdays on their feet without thinking about how to stand often end up in pain. They don’t realize what kind of stress standing – often in the same place – for hours at a time can place on their bodies. It’s not enough to just stand. You have to do it right, and you have to make adjustments and move and stay on top of things to do it right.

Throughout my many years of standing up while working at a desk, I’ve picked up a few tips that make things go a little more smoothly. If you’re interested in hearing, read on:

Stand correctly.

Standing takes skill, particularly if you’re not really used to doing it correctly in the first place. Standing up to work doesn’t help much if your hips are jutting forward and your lower back is overextended. Standing up to work isn’t much better than sitting if you’re doing the model pose with most of your weight on a single hip. Leaning over the table and resting on your elbows isn’t really correct, either. You need to stand the right way. Here’s what I picked up from Kelly Starrett regarding attaining proper standing posture:

Your toes should be pointed forward, rather than duckfooted, and your feet should be “screwed” into the ground. Lightly squeeze your glutes and “activate” your abs to align your posture. Don’t flex – you’re not posing – but keep everything engaged. Do these things, and your posture should naturally improve. Do these things consistently, and your improved posture will become second nature.

Do shoulder rolls.

Computers have brought many benefits, but they have also created an entire generation of forward protruding heads placed atop internally-rotated, hunched, slumped shoulders. Though this position is improved upon by standing up to work at the computer, it doesn’t necessarily fix it if you don’t pay attention to the placement of your shoulders. One of my favorite ways to realign a slumping shoulder is the shoulder roll.

I picked the shoulder roll up from Esther Gokhale, the traditional posture expert. It takes ten seconds to perform, max, and consists of moving your shoulder forward, up, as far back as possible, and then allowing your shoulder blade to slide gently down your spine. Repeat for the other shoulder. Do this every time you find your shoulders slumping forward. Eventually, your shoulders will begin to naturally rest in a more retracted, stable position.

Here’s a good explanation (PDF) of it, and here’s a helpful video demonstrating it.

Check your ergonomics.

The Occupational Health and Safety Association has released ergonomics standards for standing workers. Read them, and integrate them.

Don’t make any egregious errors, like having the keyboard at chest height or the monitor positioned such that you have to crane your neck back to see.

Go for a short jaunt every hour.

Walking’s not just for chair jockeys. Being immobile – even when standing – just isn’t as good as walking.

So go for a walk. Not necessarily a long walk, but try to do five minutes of walking every hour.

Elevate one foot.

If you find your back getting stiff, it can sometimes help to elevate one foot by placing it on a chair, a stool, or even a desk. That’s why bars typically have foot rests for patrons.

Some people see this as cheating, but I see it as a helpful workaround. A tool to be levied in the service of your improved health and decreased pain. Don’t rely on it, but it’s nice to have.

Practice your squat.

Look, you’re already standing. Your feet are already on the ground. Why not practice your Grok squat? When hunter-gatherers and other non-industrialized, sedentary people just need to chill out, they generally don’t just stand around. They squat. The squat is relaxing for them, a position of repose. Can you say the same? Probably not. Now’s your chance to make it so.

If you want to turn this into a workout, fine. Personally, I think the focus should be on getting comfortable in the hole, on making the full (or as close to full as you can manage) squat feel normal for you. It will alleviate stress on your lower back, too, if you have any issues there, as well as keep you mobile and perma-warmed up for any physical endeavors.

Do some mobility exercises.

Being on your feet affords you the opportunity to move with purpose and improve your mobility throughout the day. You can peruse Mobility WOD for ideas on what to work on, or check out my previous posts on mobility, but my personal favorite is the VitaMove routine from Angelo dela Cruz. The beauty of VitaMoves is that you need no equipment, no props, and there are no time limits. You just do what you feel like doing. Heck, Angelo himself recommends that instead of doing the entire routine all in one go, which can be a bit daunting at first, people choose one movement to practice each day.

Check out the routine and see what you like.

Fidget.

Just because you’re standing doesn’t negate the need for frequent movement. Standing is better than sitting, all else being equal, but you still need to move your body. My favorite mode of non-planned, spontaneous movement is the fidget. The fidget’s great. You don’t need to plan anything. There are no sets, no reps. Fidgeting comes quite naturally, probably because it’s subconscious. You don’t even really have to do anything. Instead, you just allow it to happen.

Not to be confused with twitching.

Grease the groove.

I’ve spoken about this before. Greasing the groove is performing a movement – like a pullup or a deadlift – as many times as possible without reaching fatigue. It allows you to practice a movement and develop excellent muscle memory so that doing it becomes second nature. If you’re greasing the groove with pullups, doing short sets of pullups frequently throughout the day, you’ll increase the number of pullups you can perform without ever really getting fatigued.

Choose an exercise that you can perform while standing. Pullups are a great choice, obviously, but require a horizontal bar or ledge capable of supporting your weight. Pushups, squats, or even kettlebell swings work well in an office setting. Throughout the day, hit lots of short sets. You can set up an interval timer (set to go off every fifteen minutes or so) or just remember to get a set in every so often.

Keep a weighted object in the office.

I’m not expecting you to keep a loaded barbell in the room, although that would be awesome. Just have something in the office that’s reasonably heavy (enough to provide a bit of a challenge) and familiar to you (you should know how to use it safely). Then use it to do exercises throughout the day.

Kettlebells are perfect for this. They are compact enough to fit in a corner unobtrusively, like little bowling balls with handles, and you can do dozens of different exercises with them. Swings, snatches, cleans, presses, rows, deadlifts, single leg deadlifts, single leg single arm deadlifts, and the list goes on. You get the point. Other options include sandbags (that you’re confident will not leak), dumbbells, and slosh tubes. The aforementioned barbell also works, if you can swing it.

Plank.

No, not the outdated Internet fad. The exercise. Try to do a 30-60 second plank every other hour. Since maintaining a plank requires that you maintain a perfectly neutral spine, it will reinforce proper posture when you’re standing. Also, abs. It will give you nice abs, and that can’t hurt.

Upgrade to a walking workstation.

Walking is our birthright. It’s just what humans (are supposed to) do. Standing? It’s a little awkward – and novel – for us to be standing in place for long periods of time. If you don’t do it right, you can end up with niggling pains. Last year, I linked to Chris Kresser’s post on walking workstations and since then we’ve picked up four of the TreadDesks around the office, and the workers really love them. The TreadDesk is a standalone treadmill without handles that slides under just about any desk, effectively converting it into a walking workstation.

One big thing you miss out on when treadmill walking is glute activation. If you can create a slight incline, though, you’ll get some glute action.

Sit.

Standing to work is not an ideology. It’s supposed to make you feel better and keep you healthier and more mobile. Whatever works, works. The point with a lot of this is to break up the corporeal monotony. Just like the sitting worker should stand up and move around on a regular basis, the standing worker might want to take a load off from time to time. It might even be helpful or healthful to do so.

Have a chair, stool, or swiss ball on hand that you can use for sitting when the need strikes you.

Practice your running.

You might as well make the best of your time, you know? Instead of pausing to browse Facebook or Twitter for the twentieth time, try the 100-Up, a an old running technique from the 1800s that teaches you perfect form from the comfort of wherever you’re standing.

This is how it’s done.

Shake things out.

Whenever I stand for a long time, I do a little routine to “shake things out.” It consists of two parts, both of which are meant to keep me loose and get me back to square one. If I’ve been getting stiff from an improper position, this always fixes me.

First, I make like a boxer and bounce on the balls of my feet, allowing my heels to touch down before I bounce back up. I almost look like I’m jump roping, except I never leave the ground. Just kinda bounce on your calves and allow the rest of your body to move freely. Your arms will be swinging around, your hands will be hitting your chest and shoulders and thighs. It might take a little practice to get the balance right, but once you do, it’s very relaxing.

Next, I keep my feet planted around shoulder width apart (whatever’s comfortable for you), toes pointing straight ahead, and rotate at the hips. Again, let your arms swing freely. Use your glutes to rotate your hips, and don’t move your feet. Just get loose. Your hands should make contact with your glutes on every backswing. If they don’t, you either have abnormally short arms or you’re staying too tight. You see kids doing this a lot. I think they know something we don’t.

I’ll do both or either of these once or twice a day, just to loosen up and relax.

Be sure to review my previous post on tips for desk jockeys. Many, if not all, of those entries can be applied to standing workers as well.

Well, that’s it. That’s what works for me. What about you? Do you standing workers out there have any tried and trued methods for making it work? Let us know in the comment section!

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  1. The anti-fatigue mat makes standing for a day much easier on my feet. As a part of fidgeting, I stand with one foot wrapped to the back of my other foot’s calf and ankle.

    Also – standing makes it easier to remind me to do the “20-20-20″ eye rule of every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Much more to look at when you’re above the height of the cubes.

    Don B wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • My standing work station is my kitchen, and since I’ve had arthritis since I was 3, the floors in front of the base cabinets are lined with these mats. Wherever I stand to do work, I’m on a mat–it helps my knees. I also have an extra mat for use when kneeling in the garden.

      I’m even thinking of putting one in the tub for showers.

      Wenchypoo wrote on May 7th, 2013
  2. Great tips. One of my favorites is doing heel raises to work the calfs. Also, I never really understood healthy posture until getting Esther’s book. What a gem.

    Nocona wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • Agreed, Esther’s book is a jewel. It fixed my posture, improved my yoga tenfold, I am very grateful to her

      wildgrok wrote on May 7th, 2013
      • Ditto, I got the book two weeks ago, what a difference, and especially to the yoga. I now get the hip hinge which I could never understand before!

        Kelda wrote on May 7th, 2013
  3. I’m a rock forward and back from heel to toe kind of guy. Right foot infront of my left – when my right toes are up my left foot is planted and as I rock forward onto my right toes my left heel comes up- I occasionally switch it so I have my left foot forward and continue that motion.

    Peter wrote on May 7th, 2013
  4. That way they can pack us all in like minimum wage CAFO Dilberts!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • Funny. (But I hope not prophetic!)

      Violet wrote on May 7th, 2013
  5. This is so timely. I have tried working standing up but it has been painful! I’m resisting buying a treadmill desk because the idea of walking, thinking and writing at the same time feels overwhelming (perhaps I’ll work up to it) but the standing correctly is key for me I think. I also have a friend who is a consultant in ergonomics so I’ll tap him for some advice. Thank you for the prompt!

    Alison Golden wrote on May 7th, 2013
  6. The link under Practice Your Running, “This is how it’s done” seems to be broken. I’d love to see just how it’s done….

    John wrote on May 7th, 2013
  7. I too leaped into standing way too fast and ended up with swollen ankles at the end of every day. So I scaled back dramatically and tried to stand for a while each day — in fact my reminder to stand was while reading MDA! I just wouldn’t read MDA sitting down and usually kept standing for a while afterward. Gradually I built up time until I was standing most of the day.

    Then the dreaded plantar fasciitis struck and not until Huarache Gal sent me to see the Sock Doc (who I highly recommend) did I get that kink worked out. Now I’ve talked the boss into a new Ergo Desktop Wallaby station and I LOVE IT!!! Proper height of my keyboard and monitor have made a world of difference in my comfort over the boxes I had been jury-rigging with before. And yes, I practice my Grok squat frequently during the day as a rest break. Still not getting very low to the ground, but hey, at least I’m trying!!!

    Thanks for the other great tips, Mark!! Next, a treadmill underneath!!!!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • +1 on the Ergo Desktop Wallaby. Have it and love it!

      Nocona wrote on May 7th, 2013
  8. I didn’t have any success with this. I am a 48 year old male, lean and healthy, good circulation, live by all the Primal Laws. I tried for several months to use a standing workstation and always had swollen feet and ankles. Tried lots of posture changes, frequent stopping to exercise, calf raises, long walks during breaks, got a tall stool and took sitting breaks at various intervals, rested one leg on a step, used a mat… still no joy. I would even stop a few times a day and lay on my back with my feet up in the air to reduce the swelling, but nothing seemed to help.

    I might try something like the treadmill desk at some point. I’m not really sure why I couldn’t adapt to a standing workstation, but I gave it lots and lots of time and it just didn’t improve. For now I’m back to sitting, but I do try to stop frequently to stand, walk, squat, etc.

    George wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • There are Primal Laws? Does Mark come to your house and fine you or something if you break them? ;)

      Mark noted this, but it’s important – we probably didn’t stand in one place for 8-10 hours a day either. Register clerks and waitresses have problems with their legs/health related strain issues. Stand up desks aren’t a cure-all. I mean, we put chairs in offices because it *easier* than standing up all day.

      Amy wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • Try wearing compression socks (knee high dress socks of synthetic material with built-in gradual compression from the toes on up). Makes your legs feel less swollen and energized.
      Some department stores have them (found them at The Bay) in Canada.

      Hilda wrote on May 9th, 2013
    • just a suggestion: maybe a pair of compression tights would help? Could be too hot for under work clothes, but might be worth a try.

      mims wrote on May 4th, 2014
  9. One more thing I’d like to offer to the mix is that the sitting down and standing up multiple times throughout the day is awesome, too. In her book, “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” Dr. Joan Vernikos describes that the simple act of going from sitting to standing multiple times per day is what helps simulate the beneficial effects of G forces on our bones and muscles. Not just standing, but the change in body orientation.

    Joy Beer wrote on May 7th, 2013
  10. Ease into it. It took me about 6 weeks before I had the foot and lower-leg musculature to stand all day, and I am in pretty good shape. One week I almost got fired for my attitude because my feet hurt so badly. Since then…all good!

    Also, I find that typical office shoes and/or tennis shoes tend to make me more sore than my minimalist New Balance do. I change shoes when I leave my office, but while in front of my work station I prefer minimalist shoes.

    Lastly – I have a short 2×4 under my desk that I use for calf and Achilles stretches all day long. Wonderful!

    nadavegan wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • Ooh! I like the idea of keeping a short 2×4 for stretches!

      Noctiluca wrote on May 7th, 2013
  11. I have been using the combination of standing workstation and the swiss ball at work for years, highly recommended

    wildgrok wrote on May 7th, 2013
  12. I would also mention consider your shoes. Standing in traditional heals can wreck you. Obviously marks a huge fan of vibram five fingers (as am i) but they might not be realistic for eveyone in an office setting.

    Merrel has what might be more “expectable” office minimalist shoes.

    When I used to stand all day at my retail job in normal tennis shoes my heels would be killing me by the end of the day. Switching to minimalist/barefoot shoes solved the problem. Something to consider if you’re making the move from the chair!

    Luke wrote on May 7th, 2013
  13. I have not yet made the move to standing while I work. There are definitely some of my tasks for which I could stand and I might start to do that now.

    I just tried the shoulder rolls as I was reading and I have to say I can feel the benefit already. When I stand for long periods, I tend to get a little knee pain, however I find some work on a foam roller tends to ease it.

    Carthage wrote on May 7th, 2013
  14. I stand on an anti-fatigue mat either barefoot in the summer or in house slippers in the winter. I don’t like wearing anything with arch support when I’m standing. I worked up slowly and now stand for 1/2 of every hour. I fidget a lot! No soreness, and a lot more energy at the end of the day.

    jennf wrote on May 7th, 2013
  15. Haven’t talked the boss into a standing desk yet, but I do keep a variety of dumbells around the office as paperweights and “bookends”. Obviously I’m not talking about more than about 15 pounds, but it does remind me to keep moving and greasing the groove.

    Trish wrote on May 7th, 2013
  16. I don’t have a standup desk and probably never will. But I spend time standing in my workshop doing leather work. I have an anti-fatigue mat and do some of these things but I’ll be incorporating the rest of them now. Great info, as usual!

    Harry Mossman wrote on May 7th, 2013
  17. Fortunately I managed to adapt to a standing workstation relatively quickly, but only because the pain caused by standing all day was less than the pain caused by sitting. At the end of February I developed scatica that becomes very painful if I sit for even 10 minutes. Since late Feb I have literally stood all day every day except a very short commute to and from work and other local travel in the car. I eat breakfast standing, stand all day at my desk and in meetings, and stand up to eat dinner.

    My legs have coped well but the soles of my feet, especially my heels, ache severly by the time I get home in the evening. I’ve tried different shoes, including Merrell “barefoot” runners, but so far have found my old Nike’s which have decent padding and very little arch support to be the best option.

    Good posture and fidgeting I’ve found to be an absolute must to prevent lower back pain. Frequent brief calf raises are also great.

    But I can’t wait until I have the option of sitting whenever I want!

    james wrote on May 7th, 2013
  18. I’m on an anti-fatigue mat and stand barefoot, but take sit breaks for coffee, lunch at at the very end of the day. If I have to do something really thought-intense (like math) I usually have to sit.
    Has anyone tried the Gokhale free online workshops? A muscle in my side has been hurting lately from either A.) deadlifts or B.) ballroom dance and I don’t really want to stop either. Maybe the online workshops or the book can help…

    katieCHI wrote on May 7th, 2013
  19. I use a balance disc and stand on it either with both feet or on one foot at a time throughout the day. It adds a nice challenge and change of pace not to mention helping with balance and hip flexor and core strength.

    Dan wrote on May 7th, 2013
  20. I have been using a standing desk for about four months now and I find it very difficult to stand evenly all day. I always catch myself shifting from one hip to the other during the day. I’m distressed to read that this may be no more good than sitting!

    Any others out there find a solution to shifting weight? Or resting on one hip or the other?

    Ann k wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • Practice – your posture will improve and your stabilizer muscles will strengthen. Use a stool – kinda like sitting while you stand. Lastly – don’t worry too much about it – there’s no magic bullet, experiment to find what works, if you have aches and pains, move around, try something else.

      nadavegan wrote on May 7th, 2013
  21. Excellent tips,

    I have very limited mobility in my ankles stopping me from getting into a full Grok squat with a neutral spine. So while I am standing at my workstation I use a foot rest with a 40 degree incline to stretch my calves.

    Luckily enough my employer finally gave in and agreed to purchase a sit stand workstation for me (Ergotron workfit), great product and reasonable price compared to other similar products.

    Andy wrote on May 7th, 2013
  22. Great tips. I’ve been using the standing desk for a few months now and these recommendations will improve my office setting and environment.

    James wrote on May 7th, 2013
  23. Perfect timing! I just had my adjustable standing workstation installed at work! Thanks! I forwarded this blog post to our ergonomics guys who sort of resisted the whole standing thing.

    Linda G. wrote on May 7th, 2013
  24. I Macgyvered my own treadmill desk. After many test runs I ended using a section of hollow foam pool noddle, sliced to open up, and wrap around each arm of the treadmill, with a little duct tape wrapped around to hold in place. Then, an old wooden shelf I had in my garage laid across. The foam noodle keeps the board from vibrating off the arms. I added a small desk lamp, and I was good to go! It works great. My laptop sits up there, books, papers…all for $0. If you don’t have a pool noodle, you can just use a towel wrapped the treadmill arms and duct tape. When you want to run, which causes a lot of vibration, just remove the desk top. You can read at a much faster walking speed than when writing, but the good part is, you’re always walking :)

    Brenda wrote on May 7th, 2013
  25. I use a GeekDesk (www.geekdesk.com) which allows me to adjust it for both standing and sitting. I have four height settings. When standing I use it at full height, but when I’m doing a lot of typing, my second setting is about an inch or two lower, which is a better keyboard angle. In any case, good posture is definitely key, especially keeping the head/neck over the body, and not tilting forward. Gokhale’s book should be standard issue since it is so helpful re posture. Agreed that the anti-fatigue mat is useful, as is taking off the shoes. I like the idea of a small 2×4 for some calf/acheles stretching.

    Ken Cobler wrote on May 7th, 2013
  26. great post!

    I got my standing desk at the end of Feb and I love it, but somedays, no matter what kind of shoes I wear, my feet kill me! I got a anti-fatigue mat but it sucks.

    There is no way I could convince the government to let me bring in a treadmill!

    melissa wrote on May 7th, 2013
  27. Like several other posters, I have had some trouble adjusting to my standing desk. I did a jury-rigged trial, and loved it. But once I had one full time (desk on filing cabinets, great for storage and the right height for me, but not adjustable to a sitting desk), I found I couldn’t stand for very long when doing either challenging or creative tasks. The standing desk is great for: emails, reading MDA, paying bills. But for hard work, well, I’m still not up to it.

    I hope these tips may help, and perhaps over time my endurance will increase so that I can stand and think at the same time!

    I now stand while commuting by train. This has worked very well, as the motion of the train combined with a soft knees posture avoids the problems of static posture. (But I still have to sit if I want to work on the train. I can stand and read the free paper or listen to music, but can’t do paperwork.)

    Violet wrote on May 7th, 2013
  28. Great post. Really useful stuff here for those of us who stand.

    Keeping a swiss ball is a great idea – to sit on sometimes (as you’ve written) as well as for elevating one foot. I like to rest a bended a knee on the ball while I work, and keep switching knees. I like the feel, and the ball is just the right height.

    Kelly Starrett’s new book goes into great detail about how to stand (yes, there’s a right way). I just read that chapter. The book is a must read for those interested in proper posture and movement.

    Susan Alexander wrote on May 7th, 2013
  29. Great tips as usual Mark! Thank you.

    One thing I’ve started doing at the office is walking with my iPad. I try to take a nice long walk through the building (on each floor!) and listen to music while I reply to emails and do other online work. The wi-fi can be spotty at times, but I find that I can do just about everything I need on a pad. A good ol 30-45 min stroll around the office contributes nicely to the 3-5 hours per week of moving slowly.

    Jon T wrote on May 7th, 2013
  30. I’m terrible, I subconsciously start to lean on things! I can just hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying “Stop propping up the furniture! It doesn’t need your help keeping upright, stand up straight dammit” LOL

    Jax wrote on May 7th, 2013
  31. Pretend your shoulders are a teeter-totter and tip them from side to side. Your lower back will thank you.

    I once had a trainer who told my to tuck my shoulder blades into my hip pockets. A helpful image once I figured out it starts with a shoulder roll.

    My new-to-me resource for learning better posture is t-tapp.com.

    Linda Sand wrote on May 7th, 2013
  32. I am thrilled to admit that I have been STANDING at my desk for the past year or so… And I have no experienced the terrible back pain I once experienced when I used to sit down in front of my computer all DAY LONG… Currently – I am STANDING! :) When people come over to my house, they don’t even think twice about there being a desk on top of my desk, if anything, they want to do the same thing!!

    I find that standing at my desk is also good for my core, but I am constantly engaging those muscles :)

    GiGi wrote on May 7th, 2013
    • what are you doing to constantly engage your core?

      Meta wrote on May 29th, 2013
  33. Been trying to stand as much as I can at work… only trouble is, on days when i do Crossfit or some other intense exercise, my legs are so fatigued, I can only stand for 10 min at a time.

    bjjcaveman wrote on May 7th, 2013
  34. Has anyone tried a squatting workstation?

    I squat on a chair, sit and stand interchangably when I’ve got a lot of work to do, although I find I can’t really concentrate as well when I’m standing.

    Squatting is awesome for short periods, although I think it’s not so good for your back when you’re doing it for hours on end.

    Jack wrote on May 7th, 2013
  35. Standing workstations progressed my foot pain from severe to unbearable—got into trouble, too, if we maneuvered the stations and a chair so that we could sit, if the patients decided to squeal on us. Feet are throbbing just thinking about it—just another tool of the sadists that currently run the health care system.

    shrimp4me wrote on May 7th, 2013
  36. I am a 911 Disaptcher working 12.5 hr shifts. Most of our work stations have a stand-up option. Great, right? Except when I try to use them, I get dizzy and unbalanced, almost “car sick” like. I should say that I am on a headset (radio/phone), and typing while listening to several radio channels and visually monitoring 6 screens simultaneously. I have even tried just building up to using it a few minutes at a time but I end of feeling ill as described above and plopping back down in my chair. Thoughts?

    Carol wrote on May 8th, 2013
  37. I’ve been at my standing workspace which I created for almost one year. I must say I walk and run at lunch which helps..I do sit for a few minutes each day to write a few notes and check the spreadsheet– but I also do some things instinctively– like elevate a foot, stretch, shift my center of gravity, and move– to the restroom, to the water fountain, to anywhere that I can go that is work related throughout the day.

    I don’t know about others, but standing makes the day go faster for me.

    Today I sat on a high stool for a couple minutes and people around me freaked out! When you’re the only one standing out of 80-100 engineers and techies– well you do sort of “stand out”!

    Rev. Dave Deppisch wrote on May 8th, 2013
    • the other engineers and architects in my office love how my stand-up station looks. Now to see how I like it! :)

      Meta wrote on May 29th, 2013
  38. You`ve helped me become a `convert`. For a guy with bad posture who sits at desk 10 hrs per day or more this is great news.I just read a post on the health benefits of standing workstation yesterday and found it quite interesting. It didn`t mention `proper`ways to stand though – so thanks for this article. Looking forward to Esther`s book – thanks for link.

    Kevin wrote on May 10th, 2013
  39. This is an excellent and timely post — I bookmarked it! I’ve had a standing workstation for about the last 9 months, and I love it. I was glad to see that I already do some of the things Mark recommends, and I’ll incorporate the other tips right away.

    Carol, in regard to your question about getting dizzy, I’m wondering if the dizziness could be related to an inner ear issue or possibly low blood pressure?

    Anita wrote on May 11th, 2013
  40. This post inspired me to move my sewing machine from a cramped desk in the bedroom to a rigged up standing station at the end of the kitchen counter. I’ve noticed that my shoulders don’t tense up as much, my concentration is better, and I make fewer silly mistakes while standing up.

    eema.gray wrote on May 11th, 2013

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