Considering a standing workstation? Find out how to set one up and how it can benefit your health.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If you're using a standing workstation, you've already made a move toward improving your health. Research suggests that sitting for long periods is linked with health problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.

But have you considered the proper office ergonomics of a standing workstation, such as the correct desk height and where to place your computer?

Get started making your standing workstation comfortable with this visual guide to standing workstation ergonomics.

When using a standing workstation, keep your legs, torso, neck and head approximately in line and vertical.

Choose a desk that will allow you to keep your wrists straight and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows. Don't use books or boards to change the height of your desk.

Place the monitor directly in front of you, about an arm's length away. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. Position your monitor so that the brightest light source is to the side.

Place your mouse and keyboard within easy reach and on the same surface. While typing or using your mouse, keep your wrists straight, your upper arms close to your body, and your hands at or slightly below the level of your elbows.

Keep key objects — such as your telephone, stapler or printed materials — close to your body to prevent excessive stretching.

If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, use a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck. Experiment with various styles until you find the headset that works best for you.

Mar. 04, 2014