Standing desks are a great way to get off your chair and combat the negative effects of sitting. But it’s not exactly easy to stand all day long. Wirecutter suggests starting small, and working your way up from there.
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Wirecutter’s suggestion is that instead of diving into a standing desk right away, you ease yourself into it over time. Start by just standing more throughout the day: commit to one task daily where you stand (phone calls, email), and stand during breaks and meetings. From there, get yourself a cheap standing desk (you have lots of cheap options), and then commit to standing for one hour a day for the first week. Then gradually increase that over time.
If you’re intrigued by the idea of a standing desk, but don’t want to jump in head first (which also works just fine), Wirecutter’s suggestion is certainly an easier option. In the end it’s all about what works best for you: easing in or quitting sitting cold turkey. Head over to Wirecutter for their full guide to easing into it, including a few more suggestions for desk options once you get to the point where you’re confident in making the change.
How to stand (at your desk) [Wirecutter]