So, with that in mind, how high should a standing desk be? Here’s what you need to know to find a healthy posture, whether you’re working seated or standing:
– You want your elbows to make an angle close to a 90 degree angle so you neither reach for your keyboard, nor hunch over it. This is really the only 90-degree angle you should feel inclined to maintain while working.
– Get your computer monitor up to eye level (more on how to do that below). Most people have theirs too low, forcing their back and neck muscles to support their hanging heads. And heads are heavy, accounting for 8 percent of our body weight!
– Make sure your feet are flat on the floor, or, if you like to sit up high like in a bar stool, support them with a footring.
And here are two scientifically-proven moves for good posture when sitting:
Make sure your knees are lower than your hips, and that your hips are open. Instead of sitting with your hips at 90-degrees, aim for a 120-degree angle between your torso and quads.
While all of our chairs help facilitate sitting in this open- and dropped-hip angle, you can feel the difference even more by sitting on the edge of your seat and engaging your core to sit up straight. Yup, that back rest and those arm rests are just a crutch. These small, key movements will take pressure off your tailbone, make you engage your core, and improve your circulation.
When you find the seated and standing desk heights you like, you can use the Jarvis memory handset (that cool set of buttons that allows you to adjust your desk) to save them. Hit M and 1, for seated, and M and 2 for standing.