Sit Stand Height Adjustable Desks
Mayo Clinic | Tips for Transitioning to a Standing Desk
Last updated 8th August 2019
Why use a sit stand desk?
It’s well known that the human body was not meant to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
Sitting for long periods increases your risk of chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even some types of cancer. This sedentary behaviour also causes blood to pool in your legs, increasing your risk of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. Gym junkies amongst us may think that they’re in the clear, however even if you work out 7 hours every week, you can’t reverse the ill effects of sitting down all day.
On the other hand, standing all day is not without its own caveats. People who primarily stand on the job are twice as likely to develop heart disease as people who primarily sit.
So how do you avoid the ill effects of either sitting or standing all day? Switch it up! The modern school of thought is that ideally we should be alternating between both positions throughout the day, rather than favouring one or the other.
On top of avoiding the nasties mentioned above, varying your working position frequently has many other benefits such as:
- Reducing the amount of stress put on your lower back
- Promoting stretching and natural movement
- Better blood circulation
One of the ways these benefits can be realised is by using an electric height adjustable desk. The major advantage over the manual (wind-up) kind is the ability to alternate positions easily with the touch of a button. This allows the operator to effortlessly adjust the desk height. This is useful when switching between different tasks like typing and writing as well also moving between sitting and standing.
Alongside corporate or home offices, height adjustable desks are the ideal solution for any shared workstation or hot-desk scenario, allows each new user to customise their working height to their individual needs. This is important in a world where workplaces are required to provide a duty of care to their employees. Some of the more common examples of this use include call centres, reception areas or 24/7 control rooms.
The benefits of standing desks have been well known for at least two decades. Until somewhat recently however, getting a sit stand workstation has been cost-prohibitive. The good news is that electric adjustable desks have come down notably in price over the past decade. A good quality, standard size electric standing desk with a decent warranty now retails for around the $600 mark.
The ability to convert existing fixed height desks with a desk riser has brought the costs of entry down even further. The benefits of alternating between sitting and standing are now accessible to just about everyone.
Ausergo offers free shipping for most sit stand workstations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and many other areas Australia wide.
Types of Sit Stand Desk
Electric height adjustable desks
Adjusting your computer desk height doesn’t get any easier than this. Simply press the up/down button then release it when you’ve reached the desired height. An electric sit stand desk is still by far the most popular lifting mechanism.
Available in a wide range of sizes, colours, and extra functions such as:
- Built-in cable management
- Adjustable feet
- Battery power
Manual height adjustable desks
Up until recently a manual height adjustable desk was the more cost effective option over it’s electric counterpart. However, with the recent surge in uptake of stand up desks bringing production costs down, in most cases this is no longer the story. Some electric standing desks actually now cheaper than their manual counterparts.
Retrofit Desk Riser (also known as a Desk Converter)
The first desk riser of it’s kind in Australia was the Varidesk. Since it’s release, scores of new, great quality standing desk risers have come onto the market. Available with manual or electric lifting mechanisms, standing desk risers suit a variety of applications. Desk converters are highly useful in situations where users are unable or unwilling to modify their existing desk.
There are a range of accessories available to help you get the most out of your height adjustable desk. Examples include:
A new standing desk user may notice their monitor now sits too low after raising or lowering their desk. Fortunately this issue is easy to get around by using a monitor arm. Simply reach out and adjust your monitor to the correct eye height after switching positions from sitting or standing.
Anti Fatigue Mats/Balance Boards
Make the most out of your standing time by adding an anti fatigue mat or balance board. Mats and balance boards work by encouraging small, subconscious adjustments in your legs while standing. This increases blood flow and general activity levels throughout the day. Fatigue mats also cushion the soles of your feet, allowing you to stand for longer periods during the day.
Complete desks are delivered flat-packed, assembly is required. Most retrofit desk risers only require partial assembly. Installation can also be arranged Australia wide. Contact us for more information.
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