7 tips for using a standing up desk

Interested in getting a stand up desk?

If you are used to sitting at your desk, here are 7 tips to help you get started with a standing desk.

You can download a print ready PDF of the tips

  • Choose a desk with variable height, such as a Varidesk
  • Make sure you take breaks from standing
  • Wear flat shoes
  • Shift your body position / weight
  • Will your desk be able to support both your monitors?
  • Start your work day standing up
  • It may take a while to get used to it, as with anyting new, but keep using it

Read more about the reasons to get a stand up desk here

7 Advantages to using a standing up desk when working as a developer

Are you spending all your work day sitting writing code?

Is your back feeling stiff or causing you some pain?

Maybe it’s time to consider getting one of those new hip standing desks?

Here’s 7 reasons that might help convince you a standing desk is worth it.

You can always try one out with just cardboard boxes…

Also check out the link at the bottom to download a print ready PDF of the advantages

7 Advantages FOR STAND UP DESKS
Download as a PDF – 7 Advantages for stand up desks

How do you sit and code for so damn long all day, every day?

How do you sit and code for so damn long?

I feel like my wrists are going to snap off and my back/neck is deforming.

Your day goes something like this, as it does for a lot of people…

  • Wake up…
  • SIT in your car and drive to work
  • Or SIT maybe stand on public transport work
  • Get to the office and SIT down
  • Go for a coffee break and SIT down
  • SIT back down at your desk
  • Eat lunch SITTING down
  • SIT back down at your desk
  • Head home probably SITTING down
  • Get home and SIT down to watch some TV / Do more work / Eat
  • Repeat 5 day a week.

Sitting all day is harmful to your health, and you can’t fix it by exercising.

So what’s the answer if it’s not exercising?

Sounds obvious, but it’s trying to sit less…

That’s easy to say except when your paid to SIT for your day job…

What you need is a variable height stand up desk!

After years of development sitting down and enduring back pain I decided to get one.

I didn’t want to spend the money on a piece of office furniture it and it wasn’t covered by medical insurance.

My company wasn’t going to pay for it.

You might be lucky enough to work for a company that will do.

At the end of the day I decided a few hundred dollars for a standning desk versus back pain was a no brainer!

I wanted to live without the pain.

We have standing desks, the first couple of weeks were hell though.

And yes after years of sitting, to be standing at your desk, does hurt, it’s not easy.

But you do get used to it.

You stand sometimes and you sit sometimes as opposed to sitting all day.

I start the day off standing up and as the day goes by end up sitting more.

Sitting every so often, good shoes and a padded mat also make a big difference.

I find flat heeled shoes help for standing and working at the desk.

You’r standing in place, sure, but you aren’t usually as immobile as you would be if you were sitting. You shift your weight around, you’re also more inclined to walk away from your desk.

I switched to a standing desk a few months ago. Over the first month, the back pain decreased until it vanished completely.

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List of free pomodoro apps to improve your productivity as a web developer

Looking for a pomodoro app, to help keep you on task and productive?

Below is a list of different options for different OS’s

Windows

Mac

Android

Web based / online

iOS

Chrome apps:

  • Pomodo’more is a lightweight app you can add to your Chrome Browser.

You can read more about Pomodoro here: Why breaking time and tasks in to small blocks will increase your productivity as a web developer

How to reduce physical stress when working as Web Developer?

If you are new to web development, sitting down all day might seem like a cushy easy job, and  it can be.  However as time and the years pass by, all that sitting will take it’s toll.  It’s easy to slouch, it’s easy to forget about your posture and easy to grab another sugary snack to keep you going in that mid-morning or mid-afternoon low point.  Whatever stage of your career you are at you should be mindful of all that time you are paid to sit on your chair in the office.

How to counter all that stagnant sedentary time sitting? The answer is real simple and just the opposite…. movement!

Make sure you take regular breaks from sitting still, at least every hour, if not more.  If don’t have a good chair, buy one or ask your manager or office about replacing your chair.  These days there also standing desks and variable height platforms, so you can adjust the height of your keyboard, mouse and monitor to suit your stature.  If you do have a standing desk you can add a special treadmill, so that you can slowly walk whilst working.

“I’ve been standing at my desk for 2 years now, and all lower back problems are now gone.”

Personally when I started working as a Web Developer in an office my back was strong and it was easy to slouch, over the years though it’s definitely weakened my back and caused me pains down my legs, but after seeing a specialist a second time I bought a variable height desk and every morning start the working day by standing up.

Taking regular breaks, moving around, walking to the washroom, walking outside, going up and down the stairs all helps by moving to combat all the years off sitting.  Often companies, managers and some colleagues all seem to think that more is more, the more you are working, the more will get done and that taking a break is not working while everyone else is.  For me the opposite is true, the more I sit the less productive I become, taking a break and moving about is refreshing both physically and mentally as well as helping to solve problems.  Less (continuous) work is definitely more (discontinuous) work.

So make sure you take a break for your body, your mind and your work!

How do you take yours? Please leave a comment below…