Don’t Forget The Keyboard Tray When StandingMay 6, 2020
It’s become clear that humans weren’t designed to sit for hours on end while working an office job or lounging around the house. Research praises the idea that sitting less, or standing more often while incorporating movement into your daily life, is beneficial to both short-term and long-term health. Moving frequently during the day promotes blood flow and burns calories. Enhanced circulation increases energy and focus by distributing oxygen more efficiently and can help prevent chronic ailments. With regards to posture, standing is also a healthier position for our bodies than sitting.
Sitting tends to promote compression, leaning, and slouching. All of which can contribute to chronic back, neck and shoulder pain as well as longer-term ailments such as arthritis. Standing tends to open the body and easily facilitates movement so that we are rarely in the same position long enough for it to be significantly deleterious to our health.
An adjustable ergonomic stand up desk is the ideal product to promote standing, especially for those of us with office or desk jobs. Adjust ability is a key component of ergonomic standing desks because rarely do two people require materials to be elevated to the same height. There are two main versions of the adjustable ergonomic stand up desk. The first is a more expensive option that elevates the entire desk platform via either an electric motor or hand cranked motor. While costly, these standing desks are beneficial because they elevate the entire working platform so that standing is easier (and hence sitting is harder). The downside to these adjustable desks is that for true ergonomic position, you’ll still most likely need to elevate your computer monitor and find an attachment to support both your keyboard and CPU.
The second version of an adjustable ergonomic stand up desk can be considered a similar conversion kit, retrofitting existing desks so that the user can stand up easily and comfortably. These products sit on top of your existing desk, elevating monitors to a comfortable height for standing. While significantly more affordable than the aforementioned option, the downside to retrofitting a desk for standing is that the main work surface is lower than the ideal position.
The standing desk keyboard tray is another key component of an ergonomic standing desk because it can facilitate wrist, forearm, and shoulder health. People interact with computers almost exclusively through the use of a keyboard and mouse. Properly positioning these devices is important for improved health. A standing desk keyboard tray should allow you to position the keyboard independently from the mouse.
The optimal keyboard position is at a downward angle, which allows you to type with your wrists drooping down naturally (not cocked upwards, which is the unhealthiest wrist position for typing). A standing desk keyboard tray that slopes down should have an independent mouse pad adjustment. This will allow you to use your mouse on a level platform while the keyboard slopes down.
Combining a standing desk keyboard tray with an adjustable ergonomic stand up desk is a good way to incorporate standing and the health benefits associated with not sitting into your daily life.