Are adjustable standing desks good for you?
Our workspaces have changed over the years. The traditional sedentary office setup is being gradually replaced by ergonomic furniture, the commonest being the adjustable standing desk. It is said that these desks not only promote a healthier lifestyle but also enhance productivity and overall well-being. In this blog lets discuss the benefits and considerations of using adjustable standing desks. This can help you to make an informed decision about whether they are a good fit for you. 
Here are the benefits of using an adjustable standing desk: 
Reduce sedentary lifestyle: Human bodies are not made for static postures. We are meant to move every few minutes. However modern lifestyles and work patterns mean sitting at the desk job for eight plus hours every single day, with little to a few breaks in between. Even when we are actively working while sitting our lower body is static. This stagnant lifestyle has lead to modern diseases like the “sitting disease” that can manifest as spinal, joint and nerve pains in the body or as serious health risks, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Adjustable standing desks encourage users to alternate between sitting and standing, promoting a more dynamic and active work routine
Improved posture: Alternating between a standing and sitting position can contribute to better posture by reducing the strain on the neck, shoulders, mid back and lower back. Maintaining a good posture while working can prevent chronic pain and musculoskeletal problems such as back painneck painnerve pain and joint pain. 
Increased energy and focus: The change in position between standing and sitting promotes better blood circulation, which can positively impact cognitive function and productivity of the user. Some claims have also been made on increased energy levels and improved focus when using adjustable standing desks.
Be mindful to make the transition to an adjustable standing desk gradually. Start by standing for short periods and gradually increase the duration as your body adjusts. This helps prevent discomfort and fatigue. Aim to change your position every hour or so, as per your work demands. Also, ensure that the desk height, monitor position, and keyboard placement are adjusted to avoid strain on your muscles and joints. You can watch “Ten features to look out for when choosing an Adjustable Standing desk” in this video:

HERE are some easy Desk based exercises that you can do to get out of a static posture when working and to prevent stiffness and pain in your spine and joints. These can be easily done even when you are in a meeting or a flight where you cant get up and move. They only take under 2 to 3 minutes to do. 
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