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Standing desks have been around for a few years and their fad appeal has worn off enough that employers are seeing them as a legitimate solution. It's no secret that sitting for 8+ hours a day is bad for you and a standing desk offers a solution that won't impact work productivity.
Sure, the studies indicate that a standing desk will make you healthier.
The real question now is what will partners think if you request a standing desk? And what will clients think if they see you working at one?
The good news is that most people are starting to see standing desks, and their more-active counterpart the treadmill desk, as a legitimate way to work.
Many studies have now shown that sitting for long hours is bad for everything from posture to blood pressure. The benefits of a standing desk? Better sleep, better focus, and some extra calories burned to boot.
If you're sold on the idea of standing desk, the next thing to figure out is how to get your hands on one.
A standing desk can be an important tool not just for better health but also for better productivity. Anecdotal evidence indicates that standing contributes to higher energy, especially after meals as reported by The Wall Street Journal.
Maybe your firm already has some standing desks or else they're willing to purchase them for employees. Some workplaces are very supportive of standing desks, as reported by MSNBC. If your office is willing to buy a standing desk, look for ones that are adjustable. That way you have the opportunity to sit for parts of the day and easily return the desk to standing height.
If an adjustable desk isn't in your budget, you may want to keep around a small sitting-height desk space for breaks and projects that work better sitting down.
If the office isn't on board with purchasing a standing desk and you don't want to take the plunge just yet, this cheap way to hack one together still looks nice and is relatively sturdy.
Just like a sitting desk, make sure your standing desk is at the right height. Neck strain, eye strain, and wrist problems can happen just easily when a standing desk is at the wrong level.
If the desk is still uncomfortable, you should probably check your shoes. Standing for a lot of the day is tough on your feet so make sure you have comfortable footwear. If the floor of the office is particularly hard, consider investing in a soft mat to cushion your feet.
After all this information you want to invest in a standing desk yourself? This handy review goes through the best options, both for your wallet and for your productivity.