5 Tips to Keep You Healthy While Working at a Standing DeskA standing desk is exactly what it sounds like—a desk optimized for standing during the workday. These desks are becoming more popular in offices, due to the health benefits associated with them, as well as the increased productivity levels for workers. More people are also exploring sit-stand desks for their home office as well, due to the explosion in remote work caused by COVID-19. Working from home provides more freedom, and the lack of a commute and other on-premises distractions also means that remote workers have more time to devote to tasks.Whether you work in a home office or a traditional office, most of these jobs require you to remain sitting for long periods of time. Sitting for a traditional eight-hour shift can be enough to cause health problems on its own, and that\u0026#39;s without factoring in the long hours people spend sitting elsewhere, such as for long drives, when watching TV, or generally relaxing.Some of the most common health risks associated with sitting for extended periods of time at a traditional workstation desk include a greater risk for obesity, high blood pressure, increased cholesterol levels, increased risk for heart disease, lower back pain, and an even greater risk of premature death from heart disease or cancer encouraged by a sedentary lifestyle. There are also the negative effects of poor posture to take in since desk chairs often encourage slouched positions. When you consider all of this, it isn\u0026#39;t hard to see why many medical professionals are starting to view excessive sitting as a significant health concern.Workers who are able to achieve at least moderate physical activity for a minimum of 60 minutes per day are significantly less likely to suffer all the negative consequences of sitting at their current desk for a whole shift, but those who sit for eight-plus hours a day are more susceptible to the same health risks as obese people and smokers. Sure, it\u0026#39;s a good idea to visit the gym before or after work if you can, but this isn\u0026#39;t possible on a daily basis for many workers.One of the best answers to the negative effects of too much sitting is to turn your work surface into a standing desk. There are some other great things you can do to keep yourself healthy in your new workspace as well, but first, it\u0026#39;s important to determine the best standing desk for your needs. Here are the basic types that we offer and what you can expect from them.Standing Desk ConvertersA desk converter is the easiest way to turn any sturdy desk or work surface into a full standing desk by simply placing the converter on top of your desk. Also known as desk risers, these converters can make a positive impact at your traditional office or at home by turning office furniture, or even your dining table, into a sit-stand desk. Even if you don\u0026#39;t have plenty of room to work with, a desktop converter gives you height adjustment options at an economical price point and with incredible convenience. A sit and stand desk converter is the best option if your remote work situation is temporary or if you want to get the benefits of a standing desk before your office commits to a full upgrade.A sit-to-stand desk riser will generally include a durable desktop and a keyboard tray, and most models arrive in one package fully assembled, so you\u0026#39;ll save the time and headache you may spend on other desk options. Naturally, there are some cons to standing desk converters that are worth going over, since they may not be able to give you the experience of a full standing desk. Firstly, you may have a tough time finding a riser that\u0026#39;s large enough to provide enough room for everything you\u0026#39;ll need. Desk converters also have the lowest weight capacity of any option, meaning you may have a tough time supporting a monitor mount or additional accessories. Risers are mostly intended for laptop users and notebook users, and you will at least have plenty of room for a laptop stand.If you\u0026#39;re looking for the best standing desk converter that gets great reviews, check out our White Desk Converter. It fits well in a small space, and it uses a top-notch gas lever to support its different height options. It has an adjustment range of 110mm to 505mm and can support a weight capacity of 15kg. It also comes with a pull-out tray, perfect for holding an external keyboard or other accessories.Static Standing DesksWhen it comes to full standing desks for your office space, these are the simplest option. A static desk is built to one size and lacks adjustability, but all of our standing desks have adjustable heights. You\u0026#39;ll surely be able to find a sleek new desk with plenty of space and a modern design. If you\u0026#39;re using it as a purely stand-up desk, though, you\u0026#39;ll need a tall chair with ergonomics if you plan to alternate between standing and sitting.Like any adjustable standing desk, these models have open backs, which make managing cords a breeze. In addition to a good amount of desk space, static desks also often include additions like built-in USB ports, power grommets, and different features that offer more utility than a standard desk. If you can find one that\u0026#39;s built to your size, you may find that these desks offer the best value for your money. Just make sure you carefully adjust the desk legs and feet as you attach them with the included screws and a screwdriver to prevent it from wobbling. The last thing you need is the stress of having an unstable desk when you\u0026#39;re trying to improve your overall health. While these desks do tend to have lower weight capacities than an electric standing desk, you should still have little trouble supporting a single monitor with a monitor arm.If you\u0026#39;re looking for a top-shelf option with modern aesthetics that can match any office environment, allow us to recommend our Executive Standing Table. With sizes available from 1400 to 1800 options, this adjustable table is perfect for a traditional or home office. The slimline style gives it a sleek design that can easily match other office furniture, and the included anti-collision software means that you can move it safely any time you need to. This table even supports width adjustments from 130cm to 180cm, so you\u0026#39;ll never have to worry about having enough space to work or support computer monitors.Electric Standing DesksThese desks are the ultimate in convenience and luxury. They provide all the advantages of height adjustment without the hassle of a manual crank—the simple push of a button is all you need. You can change height settings in as little as 10-15 seconds, for the easiest conversions available. These sit-to-stand desks tend to have the largest size options and weight capacities as well, so you\u0026#39;ll have no trouble fitting dual monitors, separate keyboard trays, or any other equipment you need.Our FLEXI Sit-Stand Desk is the most popular electric desk in the UK, and its stylish frame and surface choices make it easy to find an option that matches your home or office. This desk also boasts the largest height adjustment range available in the UK, from 64 cm to 130 cm. This desk is ideal even for people up to a height of 6 ft. 8 in. The sturdy and durable frame also supports weights up to 120 kg. Four different memory settings even let you save four separate heights, and you can switch between them with a simple button press. Like all of our desks, it also comes with a 12-month warranty for peace of mind. Please don\u0026#39;t hesitate to contact our customer service if you have any questions about our products.Once you\u0026#39;ve found the perfect desk for your needs, there are some additional steps you can take to boost your health while working at your standing desk. Here are just a few of them.1. Make sure your standing desk is set up correctly.Once you have your new desk, you just need to attach the legs, and you\u0026#39;re good to go, right? How hard can it be? Well, just like how poor posture in an office chair comes with greater health risks, poor posture at your standing desk won\u0026#39;t do anything to help you. When you\u0026#39;re adjusting the desk, you\u0026#39;ll want to make sure to adjust your keyboard height so that it\u0026#39;s even with your elbows when you bend them at a 90-degree angle. Your hands should be able to hover just over your keyboard without the need to move them up or down to type. You may need to experiment with this range if you have a separate keyboard tray from your desktop.Speaking of your desktop, you\u0026#39;ll want to make sure it\u0026#39;s adjusted so that your computer screen is at eye level. If you find yourself having to look up or down, even slightly, while you work, your entire posture can easily tilt to a bad angle. You\u0026#39;ll want to avoid locking your knees as you work as well to prevent unnecessary stress on the joint. Accessories like an anti-fatigue mat can help with this.2. Take breaks from standing when needed.That\u0026#39;s right, even though the whole point of a standing desk is to keep you upright while you work, constant standing may be a bit much for a full eight-hour shift. This is why an adjustable desk or a sit-stand desk converter is such a great option. They\u0026#39;ll let you alternate between sitting and standing in the same place. At the least, it\u0026#39;s a good idea to take a brief walk on your break or do something else that breaks up the constant standing if you want to keep this up for the long term.3. Stretch or move around at your desk.If you experience frequent cramps or another discomfort, a better option than trying to take longer breaks is to just stretch or keep moving at your desk. There are fun accessories like balance boards that you can order with many desks to fulfill your need for movement, and it\u0026#39;s unlikely that anyone will have a problem with you stretching for a minute or so for every hour worked.4. Encourage active meetings.Everyone needs to get their hour or so of physical activity in per day to stay healthy, and this is an effort the whole office can get in on. If you have some casual meetings coming up, instead of having them while everyone just sits around, see if you can have them while walking around the building or outside the premises. If you\u0026#39;re investing in standing desks, it\u0026#39;s pretty clear that you\u0026#39;re serious about your health, so work in some constructive activity whenever possible.5. Remember how important lighting is.It\u0026#39;s hard to overstate the importance of good lighting when you\u0026#39;re trying to focus on tasks. It may not seem like it would make much difference, but the lighting in your office may reach you differently, depending on whether you\u0026#39;re sitting or standing. Task lighting is important when you\u0026#39;re working, especially in areas with low contrast, so you may want to have a desk lamp to make sure it\u0026#39;s always easy to see what you\u0026#39;re doing.It\u0026#39;s important to have natural lighting in an office environment as well. Natural light boosts your health and mood in general, and it\u0026#39;s also linked to employee productivity. If you have a desk or a desk converter that allows mobility, you can always try to set it up near a window. Otherwise, see if you can get a good view of the outside at least from your standing position before you lock yourself down for the day. While you\u0026#39;re at it, you may want to bring in a small desk plant as well, if you have the space to allow it. Plants are also proven to boost your mood, and they provide you with clean air, which may be hard to come by in some indoor environments.Keeping yourself healthy with a job that traditionally requires a lot of sitting can be challenging, but the right standing desk and behaviors will help you improve your health passively, even if you don\u0026#39;t have the time to go to the gym every workday.