Deadly blood clots from sitting: Are you at risk?
While we are sitting at our desks, rushing to complete tasks, we might not have the extra time to spare to consider our cardiovascular health in these situations. More specifically, we might not know that we are at risk of developing a potentially life-threatening blood clot in our legs when we sit for an excessive amount of time.
Problems with DIY Standing Desks
While most office spaces that upgrade to standing-sitting desks cover the costs and set-up fees, what’s the average person who works at home to do? Bring on the DIY, it’s simple… or so they thought. In this article we will discuss some common issues to be aware of with DIY standing desks.
The Three Stage Height Adjustable Desk: Why It's Vital for Wheelchair Accommodation
A height adjustable desk is an ideal option for the health and comfort of anyone who uses a desk regularly for work or leisure. But for a desk user in a wheelchair, it may be absolutely critical.
How to Stand at a Standing Desk
If you’re new to the world of standing desks, there are a few guidelines you should follow to maximize the benefit of these workstations. Just like any type of new activity, side effects, including aching feet and legs, as well as back and shoulder pain, can occur if you go from sitting all day to standing all day, or if your desk isn’t positioned properly.
5 Reasons Why Your Gaming Desk Should Be a Standing Desk
If you’re like a lot of gamers in today’s workforce, you’re seated at your desk for six or seven hours a day before you even get home to fire up your PC for a rousing round of Rocket League. It might be a frustrating reality to acknowledge, but that’s a lot of time to sit in a chair, even if you managed regular breaks or a good run in the morning.
Durability Test on Flexispot Electric Standing Desk
Why durability test is needed?
A durability test is a test simulating the repeated application of loads or movement of components occurring during long-term use. It evaluates how well a product holds up when put to the test beyond its expected or designated function.
Standing desks need to be suitable for use and durable, they should be strong enough to withstand a reasonable weight and joints should remain tight with use over time. To the average consumer, the desire for longer lasting probably seems beyond debate. Durability test is becoming increasingly important as manufacturers strive to increase the reliability of their products.
The last thing you want is a desk that won’t last.
What is the test process?
The chosen sample for testing is Flexispot E1 standing desk frame with 55 “X 30” desktop. The total load of the desk is 190.52 lbs, and the adjustment range for testing is from 28.5” to 47.4”. Before starting the test, a cycle counter is necessary to be installed with the desk, as it will record up and down movements every time. The test process is to run 2 full cycles of up and down adjustment within about 2 minutes, and then rest 18 minutes before repeating the movement before. This experiment began from Aug. 9th, 2018, and till Dec. 29th, 2018, which is 141 days later, the test still continues as the desk keeps working. Experimenters suspended the test shortly to make a note. The cycle counter display shows 40832, indicating that 40832 times vertical movements already occurred in the past 141 days. While pressing the buttons manually, this Flexispot E1 standing desk is still able to go up and down smoothly and stably.
Why do you choose Flexispot?
As the test result above illustrates, regardless of 40832 times up and down adjustments w
How Durable Are FlexiSpot Desktops?
When it comes to choosing the perfect desktop surface for your new electric standing desk, durability is one of the most important features you can shop for. But, how exactly do you measure durability? Well, we think a good field test does the trick. So, we recently put a standard FlexiSpot desktop through a four-part durability test to see how it stood up to a little abuse. Here’s what we discovered.
Test #1: Scratch Test
Customers often ask how susceptible FlexiSpot desktop surfaces are to scratches. It’s a smart question since scratches take away from the desk’s beauty. They also make tasks that require a smooth surface, like writing and drawing, more challenging.
For our scratch test, we didn’t hold back. We grabbed a stainless steel fork from the kitchen and repeatedly scraped the prongs along the surface of the desk.
Result: Despite our best efforts, the fork didn’t leave behind a single scratch.
Test #2: Weight Capacity Test
With multiple monitors, desk accessories, a full-size keyboard, a mouse and paperwork, it’s easy for a desktop to fill up with stuff quickly. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that one of the first questions customers ask is: “How much weight can a FlexiSpot desktop support?”.
To help answer that question, we tested to see what would happen when a 178-lb man stood on the desktop and moved around a bit. While the technical specifications on the FlexiSpot web
Numbness in Hands – Causes and Solutions
Ever get numbness or tingling in your hands or fingers? You’re not alone—it’s a common issue that can range from momentary and minor to recurring and severe. It can stem from a variety of underlying issues and can indicate bigger problems developing. So how can you figure out what’s causing your hand numbness, and what can you do about it?
How To Breathe Better For Pain and Stress Relief
What if there were a simple, free way to reduce your levels of stress, anxiety, and physical pain while improving your health, your productivity, and even your relationships? Well, if you’re breathing right now (and if not, please start), you have just such an amazing tool at your disposal. But to get the benefits, you need to know how to use it...
How to Make a Case for Standing Desks to Upper Management
You know that sitting too much during the workday is detrimental to your health and that in the battle for well-being, your office chair is your #1 enemy. You’re convinced that a height-adjustable sit-stand desk is the way to go—now you just have to convince your boss.
Standing Desk Status Quo 2018
Welcome to FlexiSpot’s inaugural report on the “status quo” of standing desks in today’s workplace culture. This survey is a concise summary of the role standing desks play in pursuing a healthy lifestyle in and out of the office.
You Might Be Doing These Things Wrong At Your Standing Desk
Whether you already have a standing desk or are thinking about getting one, there are lots of reasons to invest in one. From an immediate productivity boost to long-term health benefits, you can do so much by simply pushing aside your office chair and standing while working. But that’s not what we want to talk about here.
Even though the concept of a standing desk is really simple, you can actually do many things wrong when you stand. As a result, you could be missing important benefits or even causing harm to your health. In order to avoid this, here are some of the things you may be doing wrong and how you can fix them.
You Stand Too Much
Just like sitting for hours, standing too much isn’t good for your health either. According to the data published by the Department of Design and Environment Analysis, if you are only switching sitting to standing, you’re not helping your body. You just become prone to different risk factors.
For example, standing too much can lead to lower back pain and boost your risk for varicose veins, carotid arteries, vein thrombosis, and other health problems. Since standing compresses the spine and forces the heart to work against gravity, your blood can’t flow up properly.
That’s why you need to take the time and learn how to use your new desk properly. Like any other habit, it requires practice and routine to safely transition into standing at the desk. Don’t change your routine completely; instead, do your transition in increments and with moderation. This way, your body will build up to the full amount of time you need to be standing.
Moreover, even if you feel like you can stand all day long, sitting and walking should be a part of your routine. What you need is to make sure your body is active and your muscles keep moving during the day. You can stand for a while and then sit for a while. Then walk around the room. Chat with your colleagues or read a newspaper. An
3 Accessories You Need For A Standing Desk
Switching to a standing desk can transform your work life. You’ll feel better, have more energy, and you’ll get more done throughout the day. A standing desk is hugely beneficial on its own, but adding a few accessories to your standing desk set-up can make it even more ergonomic.
We hand-picked the three best stand-up desk accessories you should have for your workstation. These stand-up desk accessories were designed to enhance the sit-stand experience by increasing comfort, maximizing efficiency, and adding more movement into your workday.
The 3 Best Standing Desk Accessories:
1. Anti-Fatigue Mat
Even standing can start to be hard on your body if you do it all day. Using an anti-fatigue mat will make a long day on your feet easier on your body. An anti-fatigue mat is a rubber pad with a cushioned layer of support that alleviates pressure on your knees and ankles by stimulating subtle movements that promote blood flow in your muscles.
You could use an anti-fatigue mat anywhere that you stand for long periods of time, such as the kitchen, but it is especially beneficial at work where many people wear uncomfortable shoes. Get it here.
2. Dual Monitor Mount
A standing desk won’t do you as much good if your workstation isn’t set up ergonomically. The placement o
6 Health Benefits of Using Sit-Stand Desk
As American jobs have become increasingly desk-bound and tied to computers, workers are spending more and more time sitting at their desks. In fact, between work and home, the average American spends over 12 hours a day sitting.
This sedentary lifestyle, termed “sitting disease” by the medical community, is one of the biggest health threats of our modern lifestyle. Sitting disease refers to metabolic syndrome and the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle, including increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, weight gain, obesity, and early death. Prolonged sitting actively promotes several avoidable chronic diseases that are eating away at our health.
The good news is that making a few small changes to your daily habits can make a huge improvement in your well-being and help you attain a healthier lifestyle. Making an effort to stand and move more throughout the day benefits your mind, body, and overall health in numerous ways.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate more standing and movement into your day is to start using a sit-stand desk at work. After all, the workday accounts for at least 8 hours of sitting every day. A sit-stand desk is a height adjustable desk that allows you to alternate between sitting and standing at your desk while you work.
There are countless health benefits of using a sit-stand desk, but here are six of the most important:
- Sit-stand-switch capability.
Members of the medical community are promoting a “sit-stand-switch” philosophy for optimum health. This philosophy says to alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes to prevent too much strain from being placed on your body in any
4 Things You're Doing Wrong With Your Standing Desk
Switching to a standing desk is an important step for your health. Americans spend an average of 12 hours a day sitting, which is linked to many negative health effects, such as increased risk for cardiovascular disease, weight gain, and diabetes.
With a height-adjustable desk, you can swap some of those sedentary hours for time spent on your feet. Not only does standing during the workday prevent the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle, but standing also boosts energy and promotes productivity.
However, too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. Sitting all day isn’t good for you, but neither is spending too much time standing stationary at your desk. Standing for too many hours at a time can cause fatigue, back strain, leg cramps, and joint pain. The good news is that with the right tools, you can avoid the side-effects of too much standing and gain the full benefits of using a standing desk at work.
These are a few of the most common mistakes people make when they first switch to a standing desk:
- Not getting the right accessories.
A standing desk alone won’t do much to alleviate the chronic pain associated with sitting. You’ll just be swapping in one set of aches and pains for another. Standing for too long can be hard on your leg muscles and joints, and unless your computer screen is adjusted accordingly, your neck may also experience some strain and discomfort.
How to Choose the Perfect Standing Desk for You
You’re sold on the health benefits of using a standing desk to break up your sedentary work day. Now, you just need to buy the right one for you. Before you shell out hundreds of dollars on a model that doesn’t quite meet your needs, it’s important to recognize that standing desks are not a one-size-fits-all purchase. Here are 4 factors to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect sit-stand desk for you.
- Your Height vs. The Height of the Sit-Stand Desk
One of the worst things you can do for your health is buy a sit-stand desk that causes you to strain your neck, back, or even forearms (while typing) because it doesn’t adjust to the ideal height for you. To give yourself maximum flexibility to make proper height adjustments, we recommend buying a sit-stand desk that offers at least 12 different height adjustment settings. That way, whether you’re 5’1” or 6’6”, you’re sure to find the most comfortable standing height for you.
- Desk Design vs. Personal Style
Your personal taste and style should definitely play a part in your selection of a sit-stand desk. After all, who wants to spend 8 hours a day working at a desk that’s too bulky, the wrong color, or just plain unattractive? Fortunately, many standing desk manufacturers now offer a wide range of colors and styles to complement your existing office decor. So, don’t settle for a traditional black standing desk when you really want a mahogany one. Look for a reputable standing desk company that gives you style options. Also keep in mind that some some standing desks, have unique designs that are better for certain functions like laptop use. For example, FlexiSpot’s AlcoveRiser
3 Reasons Desk Setup Is So Popular (and Why You Should Take Note!)
If you spend a decent amount of time on YouTube, chances are good you’ve come across a video or two about the “ultimate” desk setup. At FlexiSpot, obviously, we enjoy these videos because we love to stay on top of all things ergonomic—especially when it comes to creating the perfect workspace. But, we couldn’t help but wonder: Why are so many YouTubers sharing their vision of the perfect desk setup? And, more importantly: Why are these videos getting so many views and likes?
We set out to answer both questions, and discovered there are actually 3 key reasons people are intrigued with the idea of the perfect desk setup.
1) People Spend Almost 25% of Every Day at a Desk: Did you know that according to Science Daily, people spend 5 hours and 41 minutes on average sitting at a desk every single day? Yep, whether you’re an avid gamer, college student cramming for exams, or the average hard-working American working a 9 to 5 job, you’re likely spending a good portion of your waking hours at a desk. So, it makes good sense that you would want to get the setup just right for your comfort. Many YouTubers ranging from Ed from TechSource (which has almost 1.5 million subscribers) to Dr. D-Flo (with 10,000 subscribers) create ultimate desk setup videos using electric standing desks and flexible monitor mounts that ensure their subscribers can still move around freely while working on their computers.
Caption: Dr. D-Flo reviews FlexiSpot’s electric standing desk in a desk setup video for his 10K YouTube subscribers.
2) People Are Searching for a Great Desk Setu
Working at a Standing Desk Might Make You a Better Thinker
The dangers of sitting have become a hot topic in the health sphere in the past few years, with some critics going as far as to call sitting “the new smoking.” While dramatic, the statement isn’t wrong. With smoking out of the way as one of the most dangerous threats to public health, the sitting epidemic takes the lead.
A study published in September found that no matter how much you exercise, sitting for excessively long periods of time is a risk factor for early death. The longer the duration of periods of sitting, the greater damage to your cardiovascular health over time.
Not only will standing during the workday help you avoid the dangers of excessive sitting, but a new study finds evidence that standing might actually make you a better thinker.
The study, conducted by researchers at Tel Aviv University, found that standing enabled a quicker response to new information than sitting. To come to this conclusion, the researchers asked two groups of volunteers to complete a cognitive exercise called the Stroop test while either sitting or standing, respectively.
The Stroop test is based on the Stroop effect, which is the name used to describe the lag time our brains experience when attempting to process contradictory stimuli or information at once. You may have taken a Stroop test yourself at one point or another. In a Stroop test, you are presented with a list of colors spelled out, some printed in the corresponding color it names (the word ‘blue’ in blue ink), and some in a different color (the word ‘blue’ in red ink).
The test measures how quickly you are able to identify the colors. When the colors of the ink are mismatched to the printed names, it takes us a little longer to identify each color than it
How Long Should You Really Stand at a Standing Desk?
How many hours do you think you spend sitting down every day? If you’re anything like the average American, you spend upwards of 10 hours a day with your butt in the chair. That number is the result of at least 8 hours at work – sitting at a computer, eating lunch, and sitting in meetings – followed by the hours we spend watching TV, browsing our smartphones, or using the computer at home at night.
Do you find that shocking?
If so, you’re not alone. Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in offices, with many companies springing to replace all employees’ desks with standing or sit-stand models. Suddenly, you have the option to stand during the workday. But how much standing is enough? Are you supposed to stand for the entire day? What percentage of your workday should you spend standing in order to be healthy?
Experts agree that you should not stand for the entire day. Standing for too long can be just as hard on your body as sitting for too long, it’s just correlated with different risk factors than sitting. For example, because standing compresses the spine and forces your heart to work against gravity, standing too much can lead to lower back pain and increase your risk for certain cardiovascular problems, such as varicose veins, carotid arteries, and vein thrombosis.
So what’s the right ratio of sitting to standing? Experts agree that you should work towards spending half of your day sitting and half of it standing, ideally switching between the two every 15-30 minutes. (Why 15-30 minutes? Because after just 30 minutes of sitting, your metabolism slows by as much as 90% and the muscles in your lower body turn off.) However, most people can’t go from sitting all day to suddenly standing for four hours every day. That’s okay – start slow and work your way up to the ideal four hours of standing.
If it’s hard for you at first to spend extended
Studies show standing desks may be killing us - what to do instead
We all know that sitting all day is unhealthy. From claims that “sitting is the new smoking” to ever-increasing obesity statistics, the latest trend is to shun the sedentary lifestyle by staying active in the workplace, and the easiest way to do that is to buy a standing desk…
Recent studies are beginning to shed doubt on that notion, suggesting that standing at work is just as bad, if not worse for you than sitting. According to a study published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, standing at work all day is “associated with a 2-fold risk of incident heart disease” over sitting, with one of the researchers noting an “incidence of heart disease among those respondents who stood a lot at work” comparable to smokers or obese people. A study published by the journal Ergonomics had a similar take on the matter, concluding that prolonged standing “may have health and productivity impacts” and may cause “lower limb swelling,” “muscle fatigue,” “deteriorated sustained attention reaction time,” and “decreased mental state.”
So if sitting is killing us, and standing is killing us, what isn’t killing us?!
With all this hubbub about the hidden dangers of the workplace, it might seem like there’s nothing you can do to ward off the imminent premature-death-by-just-being-alive. But fear not! There is a way to forestall this impending doom: stay a
How Investing in Stationary Bikes for a Desk Can Benefit Your Company
When it comes to managing a healthy weight and staying fit, exercise plays a vital role in addition to a healthy diet. However, people today find it hard to make time to perform the fitness routines that can lead to their overall well-being. Especially, when they work at a job that requires them to sit behind a desk for eight or more hours a day. With such a sedentary job, it can increase a person’s chance of developing dangerous medical conditions that can affect their health. From heart disease to obesity, chronic diseases can affect how productive your employees are. As their employer, you should take an active role in promoting a healthy life to improve your employees’ quality of life. By investing in a stationary bike for a work desk, you can provide your workers with the opportunity to remain active while they are sitting at their desk.
Advantages of Encouraging Exercising While Working
- You provide your employees with a way to fit their exercise routine into their busy schedule to promote a healthier lifestyle.
- A stationary bike desk attachment can increase the blood flow through their body that can decrease from sitting for several hours a day.
- By improving their physical health, it decreases the risk of them missing work due to an illness that can make your employees fall behind in their work.
- Exercising while working can reduce stress and help improve their mood while working.
- Increases their energy level to help them remain focused that can lead your employees remaining more productive.
- By investing in stationary bike chair for your employees to utilize while working, it expresses to your workers that you care about their overall well-being.
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6 Benefits of Using a Monitor Mount
The way you set up your workstation impacts your work performance and even your job satisfaction. Finding the right arrangement for your desk can streamline productivity, boost confidence, and help you feel happier at work. On the flip side, an unsatisfactory setup can cause frustration, make it difficult to get things done, and may even have health consequences if the ergonomics are bad enough. Many employees have developed chronic back pain as a result of a poorly designed desk arrangement.
A monitor mount can help you achieve the ideal desk setup that will unlock your productivity and help you feel more comfortable at your desk.
What is a monitor mount?
A monitor mount is a strong but flexible ergonomic arm that supports your monitors. While traditional monitor stands hold your monitor in a stationary, locked position, a monitor mount allows you to move and adjust the height, angle, or position of your monitor. If you have two monitors, you can use monitor mounts to find the perfect arrangement of the two, so they are easy to see and comfortable to look at.
Benefits of Using Monitor Mounts
Monitor mounts let you customize the arrangement of your monitors, which has numerous benefits for your comfort, productivity, and work habits. Read on to learn the top six benefits of using a monitor mount.
1. Work Efficiency
If you’re still using only a laptop to do your work, you’re probably wasting lots of time every day. It can be frustrating to switch back and forth between multiple different windows while you attempt to complete
Striking a Balance: The Right Way to Use a Standing Desk
How tall should my standing desk be? Is it healthy to stand all day at my desk? How long should I stand before taking a break? First-time standing desk users may be pondering these questions and more. Read on to find out how to set your desk height, how to balance sitting and standing, and how to keep pain from getting you down.
Setting the Height of a Standing Desk: Get the Angles Right
When determining desk height, get it right with right angles. Determine the proper height for your standing desk by standing up straight and relaxing your shoulders (but don’t lock your knees straight). Bend your arms so that your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Your standing desk should be set at elbow height so that your hands can easily reach the keyboard without bending your wrists. If you find it more comfortable, setting your desk height slightly lower is fine – but never higher, as this can strain your arms and wrists. The top of your monitor should be at eye level to avoid neck strain. You may want to consider an adjustable monitor arm for precision. Never use a laptop with a standing desk, as the correct setting for both keyboard and monitor height is simply not possible unless you have a separate keyboard or monitor.
It’s easy enough to convert proper standing desk height to proper sitting desk height – just include your knees this time! As when standing, when sitting at a desk you
Ergonomics from 1950 to the 21st Century
Ergonomics Moves from War to Consumers
After World War 2, ergonomics focused on product design and convenience. In the 1950s ergonomics developed a focus on people in systems, now called “human factors.” Ergonomics sometimes is called HFE, Human Factors/Ergonomics. The military interest in ergonomics continued, with the development of more complex weapons technologies. Ergonomics also developed an interest in the safety and welfare of employees, resulting in the formation in the United States of NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), (McCauley-Bush 2011). Product development, military interest and employee well-being are what drive ergonomics today
Probably the most complex environments for applied ergonomics are the hostile environments of outer space and the deep sea, encountered NASA spacecraft and Navy submarines. However, existing work environments can also be hostile. Musculoskeletal injuries (MSDs) cost the American economy a huge amount of money. MSDs amount to 130 million total health encounters (which include outpatient, hospital and emergency room visits). The yearly cost of compensation, lost wages and lost productivity is estimated to be between $45 billion and $54 billion (CDC 2016). The notable thing here is that the occurrence of MSDs can be sharply reduced by well-designed equipment and procedures.
Office Biomechanics and the Ergonomic Cure
Biomechanics has become important in ergonomic design. For example. poor posture in sitting at a computer work station, particularly in periods of prolonged sitting, places strain on ligaments, joints and muscles (Dul and Weerdmeester 2008). In ergonomics, people are part of a system and people issues are system issues. This includes MSD injuries, absenteeism, high levels of human error and overall quality (Bridger 2003).
One analysis of an en
Ergonomics to 1950
Ergonomics Goes Back a Long Way
Today’s ergonomic industry offers products that contribute to health and productivity. Industrial design, physiology, biometrics and other disciplines working together have created some extraordinary equipment, such as under desk bikes.
The term ergonomics was invented by a Polish author in an 1858 essay (Ergoweb 2017). The word only became common after World War 2. The basic idea is designing tools and procedures that create more productivity and less strain on a workforce.
The scientific study of work is not new. In the 1790s the armory in Springfield, Massachusetts devised a way to muskets better and faster than traditional gunsmiths, improving their process by what can only be described as ergonomic analysis (Raber 1988).
Ergonomics at the Dawn of the Industrial Revolution
At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution there was already a large scale need for writing and recording of contracts and agreements. Information technology in those days included quill pens, the pen knives used to sharpen them, inkwells and candles. One person read a document out loud to another to assure a copy was accurate. The idea of a standing desk to relieve the stress of sitting dates to at least 1797 (Engber 2014).
The realization that repetitive motion can stress and the human body also goes back to the 1600s when the Italian scholar Bernardino Ramazzini wrote about the connection between and what are now called MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) among porter and scribes (Franco and Fasetti 2004).
Herman Melville’s 1853 story “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” describes an office. Nipper, a document copier, had constant back pain from
Back Benefits from a Standing Desk - and 5 Tips for Making the Switch
A very common ailment of office workers is back pain. Sitting at a desk all day at work puts unnecessary pressure on your spine and can lead to discomfort and injury. But trading in your traditional workstation for an adjustable standing desk can reduce that pressure and help to increase the health of your spine. Read on to find out why your back can’t stand all that sitting.
Sit or Stand – How Does Position Impact Your Spine?
Sitting for extended periods has been shown to shorten and harden abdominal and hamstring muscles. At first glance this change might not seem related to the spine, but the imbalance that it causes impinges on the rest of the body’s core, reducing spine alignment and muscle symmetry. Standing helps strengthen muscles in the core and legs – essential to general strength and to preventing spinal injury.
Slouching is also much more common while sitting, and dipping your head toward the computer screen can cause neck and back pain and eventually impact your spine’s curvature. Performing repetitive tasks, particularly while seated, puts stress on muscles and joints and increases the risk of back and neck injury such as spine misalignment, pinched nerves and degenerative discs.
One advantage of an adjustable desk – whether used for sitting or standing – is the ability to customize its height and provide an ergonomic advantage for your body, promoting good pos
How to Make Sure Your Desk Job Isn't a Pain in The Neck
Neck pain is one of the most common physical complaints among adults around the world, and it is an even worse problem among people who work office jobs that require them to use a computer for most of the day.
How to Select a Gaming Desk
Clutter. It’s a real problem for PC gamers. Between computer towers, hard drives, peripherals, extra monitors and all the snacks and drinks you need to enjoy a good gaming session, it’s easy to find yourself strapped for space. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to consider upgrading your desk.
It’s true that gamers are creatures of the digital realm. We live vicariously through huge monitors, mouse clicks, and keyboard shortcuts -- but the truth is, no matter how virtual our lives, the hardware we use is very real. Selecting the proper foundation for your gaming battlestation can be a challenge, so here’s a quick guide to help you select a new gaming desk.
Step 1: Assess your needs
The best place to start when selecting a gaming desk is to figure out your own needs. What is it about your current setup that you’re just not happy with, and why are you interested in making a change? Maybe you just need more space. Maybe you just picked up a second monitor and you don’t have room for it.
Consider your equipment and how you like to use it. For the keyboard and mouse, do you prefer to keep those on the desktop, or would you prefer a sliding tray mounted beneath the desk? If you have a tower with an external cooling solution or an external graphics card mounted near your tower, take those considerations into account before you start your quest for a better gaming desk. Maybe a wall mount for your screen would be better than a setting them up side by side on the desktop.
Lastly, where are you planning to put the desk? If it’s in a dark corner of the room, maybe an L-shape or a corner desk is a better fit. If you’re displaying the desk front and center, a flat, open-concept standing desk without a flat back might be the better way to go.
Knowing what you need long before you seek the sage advice of your favorite search engine will save you from falling into an endless hunt for desks t
Why the Deskcise Pro™ V9 is the Best Desk for Ergonomic Posture
By now, many of us are familiar with the dangers of sitting too long, especially when sitting with improper posture. Everything from organ damage to cognitive issues to chronic pain and early mortality can be linked to sitting with bad posture for extended periods of time.
Switching up your routine at work to include standing or cycling at your desk can greatly decrease your risk for these maladies, but posture matters when standing or cycling too. We’ve written before about how to stand with ergonomic posture when you’re using a sit-stand desk.
When seated, you should sit straight up (no slouching!) with your shoulders relaxed, elbows bent at 90 degrees, and your feet flat on the floor, ideally with support for your lower back. Odds are, you’re probably sitting right now. Take stock: how’s your posture? If anything in the above list is out of alignment, adjust your posture until you’re sitting ergonomically. How does that feel? More comfortable? Try to hold that posture as you continue to read this article.
Posture matters when you’re using a desk bike, too. Purchasing a desk bike like the All-in-One V9 Desk Bike is a great way to burn more calories, tone muscle, and increase your daily activity levels without disrupting your work routine. However, if you’re pedaling with bad posture you might be doing your body harm at the same time as your doing it good.
Ergonomic posture on a desk bike is very similar to correct seated posture. You should be sitting up straight, not slumped over the handlebars. Keep your shoulders relaxed and your arms close to your sides. Adjust
Standing Desk Ergonomics: How to Avoid Muscle Fatigue
It’s a great day! Your brand new standing desk just arrived, and you’re ready to put an end to your sedentary workstyle so you can enjoy all the health benefits of working at a standing desk.
But, before you dive right in, it’s important to acknowledge that your standing desk can only live up to your ergonomic expectations if you use it correctly. Poor posture and bad habits will have you in the same unhealthy boat you were in when using a sit-down desk. So, let’s review the basics of proper ergonomics so you can reap the rewards of working at a standing desk.
The Best Way to Stand
- Use an Anti-Fatigue Mat: Veteran standing desk users swear by anti-fatigue mats. These super cushioned floor mats help ease leg, foot, and lower back fatigue and pain whenever you stand for extended periods.
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: If you love to wear high heels or other less than comfortable dress shoes to work, keep a comfortable pair of shoes below your desk that you can switch into while standing.
- Maintain Proper Neck & Elbow Positioning: Even when you’re standing, it’s important that your computer monitor is at eye level, at least 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes and tilted at a 20-degree angle. Your elbows should also rest comfortably at a 90-degree angle while using your keyboard.
Buyer Guide: Height-Adjustable Desk vs. Standing Desk Converter
The idea of standing during the workday might seem strange at first, but standing while you work can increase your energy and productivity, lower your stress levels, and improve your mood. Standing more throughout the day will also lower your risk for a wide range of health concerns, from cancer to diabetes to cardiovascular disease.
Once you get on board with the idea of switching to a standing desk, you have to decide what kind of standing desk you want. There are many different options for sit-stand desks. The first and most important decision you’ll need to make is whether you want a standing desk converter or a full height adjustable desk.
If you’re new to the world of standing desks, those terms probably don’t mean anything to you. We’ll define what each option is and outline some of the pros and cons of choosing a height-adjustable desk over a standing desk converter, or vice versa.
Standing Desk Converters: The Pros & Cons
A standing desk converter is an adjustable desktop workstation that you can place on top of your current desk, transforming your traditional desk into an active sit-stand desk. The primary advantage of a standing desk converter is that you can keep your existing desk while sti
This Standing Desk Riser Goes Up And Down, But Your Productivity And Health Will Only Go Up
Many years ago, I spent a summer interning at a place at which all the workers had standing desks. Well, it would be accurate to call it a rising desk. When you needed to stand, you could raise it to a level so you could stand and work. When you needed to sit, you could lower it to typical office drone desk level. As someone who has always suffered from back problems, this was a game changer. Typically, at the end of a long work day sitting (and sometimes slumping) in my office chair, I’d have an ever-so-slight back pain I’d self-medicate with either an Advil or a stiff drink. The summer I could spend part of the day standing? No back pain. It was a minor miracle.
Unfortunately, no job I’ve had since then has provided standing desks for their employees. Ergo, more slouching, more back pain, etc. And not only does sitting down for too long lead to bad posture, it also leads to back work habits. It is so easy to lose focus when you are sitting in one place staring at a backlit screen for hours and hours on end each day.
Then, just this month, I got this rising desk from FlexiSpot. It is a tabletop device you set upon your regular desk to turn it into a standing desk. When it first arrived, I figured it would be a pain to set up. I could not have been more wrong. While it comes with a detailed set of instructions making sure nothing could go awry in the process, “setting it up” was as easy as taking it out of the box and putting it on top of my desk. There is a subsequent step in which you can attach the keyboard tray it comes with. The keyboard tray is quite useful if you use a keyboard at your desk (and especially useful for achieving the optimum height differential between your typing and your screens). But my favorite part about it it how easily removable it is. I don’t use a separate keyboard besides my laptop.
Tips for people who want to switch to standing desk
Sitting is a new smoking. Sitting is killing us. To some extent, these words are a little bit biased. However, to those who work nine to five, they may suffer from long time sitting work. Even worse, if people do not spend time doing some exercise. The sitting problem can be a big problem. But what if we don’t have time for gym? You can do some light exercise during your daily work, for example, don’t sitting too much time and move more during your work day. But of course, you and your body itself shall make an adjustment before you get used in using a standing desk. Here are some tips you may consider if you want to switch to a standing desk converter or height adjustable desk.
D – o some research
E – xperiment, Examine, Evaluate
S – acrifice
K – now your posture
1. Before anything else, do some research about standing desk, i.e. what is standing desk? Which standing desk is best for you? What are the benefits of a standing desk? What else do I need if you switch to a standing desk? And to sum it up, is it all worth it to use a standing desk?
You can’t just gamble a penny if it’s not worth it, right? So, I strongly suggest to know more about the product and make sure that it’s convenient for you and your health too!
2. Once you already know the answers to your questions about the product, why not experiment before trying an actual standing desk? Create your own DIY standing desk! Keep in mind that it’s only for a short of time cause maybe you’ll need those things you stacked up to build that DIY standing desk of yours.
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Which FlexiSpot Desktop Riser Is Right for You?
You’ve finally decided to treat yourself to a brand new FlexiSpot standing desk. Congratulations! But, who knew there would be so many choices when it came time to select the one that’s right for you?
Take the 30-Day Standing Challenge to Start Standing at Work
Working eight to ten-hour days might make you feel chained to your desk, but cutting into your freetime isn’t the only negative impact it’s having on you. Americans are leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and the side-effects are wreaking havoc on our health. Sitting for too many hours each day has been linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even certain types of cancer. It sounds dire, but there’s a simple solution: We need to move and stand more.
If you work in an office, you’re probably aware that standing desks are growing in popularity. It’s not just a fad. Standing desks encourage office workers to spend less time on their seat and more time on their feet. The more you move throughout the day (standing, walking, or doing light exercises at your desk), the more you cancel out the negative effects of sitting. Even fidgeting can help—vindication for anyone who grew up hearing their mom say “Sit
Why You Need a Foam Seat Cushion
Warning: sitting for long periods may result in injury or death. But you’re probably not going to stop sitting, so if you must use a chair, you should at least do all you can to protect your body. One easy and affordable way is by using an ergonomic seat cushion—read on so we can convince you and show you the options.
How to Pick the Best Shoes for Standing All Day
If you decide to use a height-adjustable desk or converter at the office, it will be much better for your overall health, but you’ll need to make sure you have proper support for standing. So you’re going to want some good shoes. But what constitutes good?
Improving Posture for Spine Health
Most of us will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in our lives – according to the American Chiropractic Association31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time. Repetitive activities at home or at work, such as sitting at a computer all day, as well as carrying and lifting improperly, can lead to muscle tension and tightness, and ultimately result in back pain. Luckily there are many things we can do to help improve our spine health including maintaining good general fitness and a healthy weight, as well as paying attention to our posture throughout the day.
Trackpad vs Mouse: Which is Better for Your Wrist?
Millions of people point and click all day at work, and many of them suffer from hand and wrist pain, strains, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Choosing the right pointing device and using it correctly can help you avoid these issues and keep your creativity and productivity flowing.
4 Ergonomic Tips for Laptop Users
We can work from any location and in any position we choose. Some of my personal favorite locations include the couch, my bed, and my favorite armchair. Unfortunately, none of those positions are conducive to ergonomic posture.
Height Adjustable Desk vs. Standing Desk Converter: Who Comes Out on Top?
If you’re considering making the switch to a standing desk, you may be wondering how to select the right equipment. What are the differences between a full sit-stand desk and a standing desk converter? How do I decide on one over the other? There may not be a clear-cut winner. Just as there are pros and cons to both sitting and standing, there are pros and cons to desks and converters. Compare this simple list to your workstation needs to find out how to best take advantage of the benefits of standing.
The Correlation Between Neck Posture and Tension Headaches
Many employees would say that their jobs can be a pain in the neck. This may be a figure of speech, but it can be a reality when so much time is spent sitting in an office with less than ideal posture. So what happens when our daily posture causes pain, particularly tension headaches?
What You Need for an Ergonomic Home Office
Freelancing or working from home comes with many perks. You set your own hours, can work in your pajamas, have more independence—and of course, you get to work from the comfort of your own home. However, that can also be a downside.
Do Standing Desks Help You Lose Weight?
Working a desk job may be good for your bank account, but odds are that it hasn’t been good for your waistline. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that 41% of workers report having gained weight at their desk jobs.
Why National Ergonomics Month Matters
October is National Ergonomics Month! Although it doesn’t get much press, this month is dedicated to all the ideas, practices, and products that make your work and life safer, healthier, and more comfortable.
CNN Claims ‘Weak Science’ For Standing Desk Recommendations
A CNN.com article casting doubt on the value of standing desks made waves on the internet a few weeks ago, getting re-posted by a number of other media outlets. We, of course, know the evidence supports the benefits of standing desks, so we thought the article deserved a thoughtful response.