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10 Things That Happened When I Got a Standing Desk

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1. I have more energy
You know that miserable spot after you’ve had a good lunch where you just want to take a nap? Yeah? I don’t. The top time I’m for sure standing at my desk 1) when I get into work and my coffee hasn’t kicked in yet and 2) after lunch to avoid any “itis”


2. I am more productive while standing
Listen, I don’t understand the magic of why standing up makes you a little more productive with working. Maybe it’s just a side effect of the first bullet “having more energy”, but my to-do list has actually said thank you.


3. I dance standing up
OKAY…YES, SOMETIMES I LIKE TO DANCE AT MY WORKSTATION. Disclaimer: not guaranteed to make you a good dancer.


4. I walk around the office more
I’ve spent more time co-working, which helps my creativity. I’m no longer being lazing sitting at my desk and simply instant messaging people across the office about things that we so clearly need to talk face to face about.


5. Co-workers started talking to me about my desk stand
Speaking of co-workers…People are legit asking me about my standing desk. I feel like a reverend preaching that “sitting is the new smoking”. Don’t mind me – just out here saving lives.


6. I stretch more while standing
You can’t really stretch sitting all day. After I started standing up– I realized this is something that my body was craving.


7. I feel less tense at my workstation
Probably has to do a lot with stretching throughout the day and walking around more. Either way, even when work gets horribly tense, I feel good!


8. Got rid of neck and back pain
Okay, this has SAVED my neck and back!  I guess it's a lot to do with ergonomics blah blah blah. I've done everything from buying an acupuncture mat to seeing a masseuse. But THIS has been a great fix too (and it's not a "temporary" fix) 


9. Better Posture
I am constantly improving my posture. With an ergonomic set up you pay a LOT more attention to your position.


10. Feel Better

Overall I just feel better. I realized that I am working for at least 8 hours a day and I was doing my body an injustice by simply staying so stationary for that time. This was not the time for me to be cheap or lazy – overall my body is thanking me for it.


Here is the standing desk that I am using The X-Elite Pro - Cherry


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What’s with Anti-Fatigue Mats at Standing Desks - Are They Necessary?

Posted by Ellen O'Hearn on

We all want to know what’s up with anti-fatigue mats. Do they work? Are they necessary? What features should we be looking for when we shop for one? Well, we do get feedback from our stand up desk community, that anti-fatigue mats help so much, for many reasons.

DiploMat Anti-Fatigue Mat for Standing Desks

First, we can look at the more technical aspects of anti-fatigue mats. Thicker mats are going to benefit workers more. This is because thicker mats offer more compression and that translates to more relief on the foot, which makes sense. We like the ones that adapt to the contours of your feet, relieve joint pain, and don’t overcompress.

A few other great features to look for are a beveled-edge on the mat, to prevent tripping, and to make it easy to roll your chair across it. We also prefer thick foam and a non-slip underside or base.

And the most important feature an anti-fatigue mat offers is safety. Just by using a mat, research has shown that potential damage is prevented. When standing on a mat, the mat stimulates the foot and legs. This is important for circulation and reducing fatigue.

So, go stimulate your legs and feet, and prevent joint stress with a DiploMat Anti-Fatigue Mat, and get more energy from your standing desk lifestyle. Because standing up is really the way the human body was designed to be happy and healthy!

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Do I Need Standing Desk Pants?

Posted by Ellen O'Hearn on

Here at Stand Steady, we all have stand up desks, with a new fashion problem. When we use them, we stand in sometimes different and creative ways. I am talking about putting one leg up, in a modified tree pose, using the existing sitting desk as a ledge. We also stand in second position, which we learned from ballet. (See photo below, where I'm at a FlexPro Precision.)
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5 Health Benefits of Standing at Work and Using an Anti-Fatigue Mat at Your Office

Posted by Ellen O'Hearn on

What’s up with using an anti-fatigue mat at the office? It seems like we’ve seen these things in Grandma’s kitchen, or at the auto-shop, but now they’re showing up at work too. Let’s look at some health benefits of using a mat with your standing desk.
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17 Deskercises for 2017

Posted by Ellen O'Hearn on

You've got your standing desk, so let’s use it to get fit at the office. I’m talking about deskercising. It’s not as cool as Jazzercize but it’s a lot more convenient, plus the Jazzercize moms intimidate me (I just got an invite to a class this weekend, and it said the instructors were sexy – ugh! Not going!) If you have a trashcan, a standing desk and a stapler, we’re ready.  
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