OH! Magazine - Australian Version April 2016 - Page 8

( OH WOW! ) absence of arm movements means your time on the desk pedals will typically remain sweat-free, simply acting as a tool to keep the legs moving. Tip 4. Integrate sit-to-stand desks Do what I’ve done, and have a go at using a stand up desk. I can honestly say that even from day one I instantly felt better for having stood up more often than I usually would (i.e., never!). Three weeks in and I’d probably estimate that I’m standing 50 to 60 per cent of the day, which is close to the overall goal of standing 60 to 70 per cent of the day. Perhaps it’s the placebo effect, but I do feel slightly stronger, and dare I say it, even a bit fitter and less of a sedentary blob than I did before I started using the InMovement Elevate Desktop. How to get the most out of your sit-to-stand desk Changing your workflow from seated to standing will take time to adjust. InMovement suggest that it will take one to two weeks to adjust to your new work set up, so don’t feel like there is any need to break any world records by standing all day long. In fact, they do encourage you to sit throughout the day, to avoid overfatigue and to minimise any joint pain (if you experience this). Ideally, start off by standing for 10 to 15 minutes, and then sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Over time, you can extend this out to 20 to 30 minutes of standing, interspersed with 15 to 20 minutes of sitting. To ensure you gain the most benefits from your sit-to-stand desk, you need to make sure it’s set up properly. For example, with my Elevate Desktop: • Ideally you want your elbows bent in a 90-degree position while you work, so play around with using the keyboard on the top surface area as well as the keyboard tray and see what works best for you. If you do opt to use the keyboard on the upper surface while you stand, the keyboard tray can be pushed in and it becomes a great spot to hold your notes, paperwork, books and anything else you need to store while you are working. • When the desk is completely flat/ lowered, the keyboard tray is designed to sit just above your existing desktop surface; so ergonomically-speaking, this should be the same set up before the sit-tostand desk arrived. • If, like me, your computer monitor does not have an adjustable arm to move the screen up and down, then you may just need to make a personal adjustment or simply get used to the monitor’s p l a c e m e n t on the sit-to-stand desk. As an overall guide, you could aim to stand for around 60 to 70 per cent of the workday. Just remember, it will take time to adjust – so start small and build from there. The bottom line is, you shouldn’t have to choose between earning a living and living healthily so introduce whatever means you can, to boost the movement during your workday; when it comes to your health even a small change can make a big difference. And – like me – I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the positive impact doing so will have on your physical and mental health and wellbeing. For more information about the InMovement Elevate Desktop DT2 phone 03 9535 4666. Or to redeem an exclusive ten per cent reader discount using promo code OHMAG, visit www.inmovement.com.au 8 APRIL 2016 ( OH! MAGAZINE )