Sit Stand Workstations | Maine Photographers
It’s pretty well-accepted these days from many studies, that staying in any one position while working for any extended period of time isn’t good for our health and well-being. More specifically, many of these studies cite, is the problem of prolonged sitting, such as at our computer workstations or desks. One good step in the right direction is to have a stand-up desk, or maybe even better yet, a desk that can change from one position, such as sitting, to another, such as standing, with the flip of a switch. Sit stand workstations are today becoming more mainstream.
A few years ago desks like this were necessarily a significant investment. Of course any investment that can help us stay healthier is a good one! However, not everyone had $2,500+ to spend in a height adjustable workstation. Thankfully, times have changed and state-of-the-art motorized height adjustable sit stand workstations are now much more affordable.
Taking advantage of this, when we moved our live-work studio to a new unit within our renovated mill complex this past summer, we took the opportunity to add sit stand workstation capability in our office.
Below is one of our sit stand workstations. The photo on the left is showing the seated height, and the photo on the right taken not much more than 15 seconds later (of the same workstation) as the electrically-operated desk was moved into the standing position. Two buttons are pressed simultaneously, and held down to operate the desk’s height adjustment feature in either direction, up or down.
These workstations are available in a wide variety of desktop shapes as well as L-configurations.
One source, among others, in southern Maine for these type of desks at competitive prices, is Fisher-James Discount Office Furniture located in Biddeford. There are lots of on-line retailers offering these products too; just a Google search away.
The affordability of the sit stand workstations from Fisher-James meant it wasn’t necessary to purchase a clamp-on lift or elevator rig adapter for our current traditional desks. We maintain the best of all worlds: traditional sit desks for writing, and the computer side as adjustable sit stand workstations.
The key to making the most of having a sit stand workstation is to:
1) Stretch often and frequently, taking micro-breaks every 20 minutes or so.
2) Moving your eyes from the computer screen to refocusing on something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes (sometimes called the “20/20/20 rule”).
3) Moving our desks and thus our positions through several “up” and “down” cycles daily.
4) Taking walks (how about ‘the long way’?) whenever possible.
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Whatever you can do to MOVE will keep you healthier and safer at work. It’s time well-spent. As for that 15 or 20 minutes invested in stretching, walking, getting some fresh air, and changing positions will likely return much more than that in increased productivity and output.