How Often Should I Stand at My Desk?

How Often Should I Stand at My Desk?

The benefits of a height adjustable, standing desk are clear, and anyone who has used one will be well aware of how it can influence your physical and mental health. However, many people aren’t sure exactly how long should be spent standing and sitting at your desk per day, and how you should divide that up.

Naturally, this depends a lot on the needs and capabilities of the individual, but there are a few guidelines that might help you work out your own ratio. Read on to find out more, and click here to browse our store.

The 50/50 Method

The research on an ideal ratio for switching between standing and sitting is still in the early stages. However, initial research is showing that anywhere from a 1:1 to 2:1 ratio seems to be ideal for gaining the benefits of a standing desk without suffering the repercussions of standing too much.

The length of time you decide to stay in one position before switching, is of course entirely up to you. Assuming you go with the 1:1 ratio, whether you want to stand for 30 minutes before sitting for half an hour or standing for a whole hour before sitting for the same duration, depends on what you are comfortable with.

Although adjustable desks can benefit those who have mobility issues, you may still have trouble standing for long durations. In that case, shorten the time. If you are particularly fit and healthy, you might find you can easily stay standing for longer, in which case you may choose to stay standing for an hour and a half or even two hours.

In short, if you are unsure, start with the 50/50 method and work out exactly what is right for you from there. With automatic raising and lowering on our electronic sit-stand desks, it’s not like you’re committed to one or the other – going back and forth couldn’t be easier!

Tracking Your Adjustments

Keeping track of when you should be standing or sitting is easy, but you have to be vigilant. Although you may just assume that you’ll remember to stand up every time you see the clock hit the next hour, this is easier said than done – especially during your hyper-focused standing sessions where it’s all too easy to lose yourself in your work!

One method we like is to set a reminder on your email or calendar client. Decide what ratio works best for you and set daily reminders to sit or stand at certain individuals. That way, you’ll never lose track and can make the most of your adjustable sit-stand desk.

Another option is to use an app on your phone. This might simple be a case of using the included calendar app, but there are also numerous alternatives out there that will send you a notification at regular intervals to change your position.

Remember, losing track of when you should be sitting or standing isn’t the end of the world so long as you aren’t standing beyond your capabilities repeatedly day after day - these tips are just for those of you who want to set it and forget it. But regardless of what your tracker might be telling you, it’s always important to listen to your body.

Why Ergo Desks?

The beauty of an Ergo Desk means that switching between sit and stand mode is an absolute breeze. With just the click of a button on our electronic models, the desk will adjust to the specific height that is more comfortable for you either sitting or standing – a setting which can be easily adjusted to suit your needs.

We also have manual options available. While not quite as simple as hitting a button and waiting for the motor to do its thing, the mechanism is nonetheless smooth and near effortless to move to whatever height you need.

With a wide range of desks to suit all spaces, needs, and budgets, Ergo Desks is the premium supplier of adjustable standing desks in the UK. Join the standing revolution and start enjoying the physical and mental benefits of getting up on your feet!

All of our desks come with free P&P and a delivery time of just 3-5 days. Take a look through our website for more information and to browse our range, and if you need any more information don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0845 646 0150, emailing, or reaching out to us on Facebook.