More and more companies are creating ergonomic products for the modern workplace, including standing desk conversions, active seating, and under-desk keyboard trays. These products can help you work more comfortably, which translates into working more safely. Improving your workstation's ergonomics can help you improve your posture, which in turn helps reduce fatigue, stiffness, and soreness. We've put together 5 ways you can make your workspace more ergonomic.
1. Height Adjustable Standing Desks
Standing desks are becoming more ubiquitous in the workplace, because sitting all day isn't good for you, and people want to incorporate more physical activity into their lives, especially during the workday. You've probably seen a variety of information about standing desks. According to the Mayo Clinic, our bodies react to the time we spend being sedentary, and not how much exercise we perform. To counteract the effects of sitting for hours while you work, you need to increase your physical activity.
One way to increase movement is by using a standing desk while you work. Electric height adjustable standing desks have electric motors that adjust the height of the desk so that they can be used while sitting or standing. The height range of an adjustable standing desk will work for most people, unless you are very short or very tall. Our Rise Up Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk is not only a good ergonomic choice, but is also eco-friendly and even features four programmable height presets.
2. Standing Desk Conversion
Sometimes you can't buy a whole new desk. If you aren't able to replace your entire desk, you can still enjoy the benefits of a standing desk by using a standing desk conversion. A standing desk conversion sits on top of an existing work surface and can be adjusted so the height is appropriate for sitting or standing. A standing desk conversion typically has one or more platforms-one that serves as a computer monitor stand and another that holds the keyboard and mouse. Our CHANGEdesk and Electric CHANGEdesk make it easy to convert to standing while you work.
3. Active Seating
Active seating refers to stools or chairs that move around while you're sitting, and include wobbly stools, balance balls, along with other seating options that cause you to work your core muscles while you're sitting. Active seating can help improve posture and boost your energy levels during the day by preventing slouching. Our Wobble Stool is fun and functional, with adjustable height.
4. Adjustable Keyboard Trays
Sit to stand desks are only part of the modern workstation. When your keyboard is positioned too high, too low, or too far away, you may be straining muscles in your head, neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands.
To keep your arms, hands, and wrists in the optimum posture for typing, you need your keyboard to be at elbow level. To achieve this position, you can choose between our KT-1 and KT-2 adjustable keyboard trays. They both feature a separate mousing platform so that your mouse remains level while your keyboard is tilted to the best wrist position, and will help you position your keyboard and mouse at the right height whether you're standing or sitting.
5. Active Anti Fatigue Mat
You can help prevent fatigue as well as hyperextending your knees when you're working at your standing desk by using an active anti fatigue mat. These mats feature contoured surfaces that help you stretch your calves, elevate one or both feet, and may even have a ball or roller to help you massage your feet. Active anti fatigue mats may look kind of strange, but they are better cushioned than ordinary anti fatigue mats, and the extra features promote movement and comfort.