In recent months, I have begun to ?stand? when working. I find it not only energizing but keeps me alert throughout the day.
It would appear that I am not alone; there have been many versions of the standing desk which was initially introduced in 2009 with a multi-function unit that includes either a treadmill or elliptical. I had tried one of these versions many years ago but found them difficult to multi-task.
Now, I?ve modified my work station which is better suited to my personal style.
Here are a few tips for proper technique which is based on your individual height:
1) Roll your shoulders back and down
2) Tuck your pelvis
3) Keep knees soft
4) Elbows should be at 90 degrees to the work surface
5) Wrists straight
6) Weight bearing through the middle of your feet for even distribution of both weight and balance
7) Ease into standing for the entire day to avoid unnecessary fatigue
According to James Levine, M.D., Ph.D and lead researcher from the Mayo Clinic: ?Not only does working standing up not overtax the brain, it has the added benefit of burning an additional 80?100 calories , improving blood flow, alleviating back pain, strengthening muscles, and actually boosting productivity. The health benefits are probably even greater than the data already suggests,? says Mr Levine who is also the author of Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It.
You may wish to give it a try as you look for ways to improve your personal productivity.