May 29, 2014

Ergonomics | Stand Up Straight!

"Stand up straight! Sit up straight!" If I had a pair of shoes for every time my father said that to me, I would be a happy girl! He has a point; I don't have the best posture (and now I see it in my own daughter). I also have a pretty bad back and sitting really aggravates it.

Since good ergonomics in the workplace is super important to me, I improved my workstation with a "Kangaroo Desk" from Ergodesktop.com. It allows me to alternate from a sitting desk to a standing desk very easily. In keeping with encouraging my employees and customers to take care of their bodies while they craft or work on a computer, I wanted to introduce you to this product, because I love it!

Pros:
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Comes in several color/finish options.
  • Affordable.
  • Sits right on your desk. It isn't attached to anything, so moving it is simple.
  • The monitor stand and keyboard/mini desktop move independently.
  • Easy to go from standing to sitting.
  • Works for all heights.
  • Made in the USA.
Cons:
  • I have been using this desk for 5 months and I have no cons!









Before I got this product, I had a sitting station and a standing station at my desk. My cord to my laptop was long enough so I could easily go between the two but it was a bit of a hassle.  Honestly, this worked just fine for a while but I wanted something to tie it all together. Now it's all in one place and going between standing and sitting is a breeze. Most importantly, Stella likes it better because if I am standing, she can lay right on top of my feet without getting tangled in a bunch of cords.

As crafty-computer types, we need to remember to take care of our bodies. Being hunched over or looking too far down (even 3 inches) can wreak havoc on our necks and backs. Stretch, take breaks, go for walks -- and try standing at your desk. If you aren't ready to commit by buying a Kangaroo Desk, I suggest fashioning your own make-shift standing station to to see how you like it. Take it from me, your back will thank you! :)





















I'm not the only one standing at Beaducation!

Disclaimer: I am not getting any kickback from this company. I just wanted to share the information because I really love this product! Since I  started standing more, the kink in my neck is better and the soreness in my back is gone; my other employees have reported improvements in their stiffness and posture as well. Let us know if you give it a try!

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