Did you know in a bid to prevent their workers suffering from back pain and to help increase their productivity in the office, a lot of work places are now opting for standing work areas, rather than the more conventional seated desks.

But are these innovative standing work spaces really the way forward to a healthy back, free from pain and discomfort?

If your work place does decide that standing, rather than sitting, is the best way forward than sitting is the best way forward then here are three things to bear in mind:

1. Standing tall

Sitting and bending forward (as you tend to do in an office seat) can put twice as much load on your spine as standing does so standing desks could well be a better option for the office.

2. Take a break

While standing, however, it is important to remember that you should still take regular breaks as you would when sitting at a desk. Being stuck in one position, even if it is in a ‘good posture’, is not advisable.

3. The best of both

A desk set up that allows you to stand as well as sit is the most ideal situation, as this gives you the option to change position regularly. The more adjustable your desk set-up is, the more likely you are to find a position that suits you.

 

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