When I started working at a standing desk, I realized I needed some extras. Just like when you get a bike, you need a helmet for safety, when you buy a standing desk, you need something to stand on to protect your joints. After that, it’s fun to have some accessories; you want to have fun standing at work right? Let’s look at some choices around or under $20.00.
Accessory 1: Genuine Joe Antifatigue Mat. Every ergonomics expert says protect your joints with an antifatigue mat. This is a must. I currently use a Genuine Joe in black.
Accessory 2: Rubbermaid 12.2 x10 x 7.1 inch gray stepstool. As the months wore on, I started to get itchy to try something more fun with my feet during my standing work day. Many people who stand at work use a little stepstool to give one foot a break, and then switch to the other foot. This really works to relieve a foot at a time. It also gives you a sassy model stance. My stepstool is tiny and fits on my mat.
Accessory 3: j/fit Balance Pods. They claim to strengthen feet and decrease discomfort from Plantar Fasciitis, and increase circulation. I like to use them part of the day, about 10 minutes of every hour. It’s like a foot massage and definitely feels good on my feet. I use them bumpy side up, but you can also flip them over and place the textured side down for more difficulty. I found these very stable.
Accessory 4: Tone Fitness Balance Board. This is an octagonal flat plastic board with a half sphere under it. It’s all 1 piece of lightweight molded plastic. This is an excellent calf exercise. Also as I rotate around I can feel something in my hips happening. Most of the time, I have my feet together in the middle and try to balance without moving much. I felt I was doing a fun brain exercise also, trying to balance and work. I did slip off a few times at first, and would recommend this for the more adventurous person.
Accessory 5: 13” Yes4All Stability Disc/Inflatable Cushion. This is a very comfortable addition to my antifatigue mat. I actually have 2 and just put one foot on each. I use the textured side up and work in socks. I use them underinflated, and find this my favorite solution at the moment.
The products I recommend are below, with current prices as of this post, subject to change; everything purchased on Amazon Prime.
Genuine Joe Antifatigue Mat
Rubbermaid 12.2 x10 x 7.1 inch gray stepstool
j/fit Balance Pods
Tone Fitness Balance Board13”
Yes4All Stability Disc/Inflatable Cushion
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Back pain is very common and can be aggravated by actions at the office. Prevent back pain and find good posture with these simple steps.
STANDING POSTURE. If you work at a standing desk, stand with feet hip width apart and tuck your pelvis slightly. Relax your shoulders, and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle. Pro-Tip: It’s so important to stand on an anti-fatigue mat.
Here’s the thing – I’ve been out of college and sitting in my office cubicle for 2 years and then I took the leap of faith to transition to a sit/stand desk. I read somewhere on some blog on some fitness site that even if I work out – it still would not take away the harmful effects of sitting on my behind all day