Working Ergonomically

Treadmill Desk and Standing Desk Ergonomics

November 12, 2014

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the applied science of equipment design, for the workplace, intended to maximise productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Therefore, when using a _treadmill desk_ it’s important to always remember to position yourself correctly to avoid unnecessary strain on the joints.

Treadmill desk and standing desk posture tips

There are basic ergonomic tips to consider when setting up your treadmill desk or standing desk. Remember the concept of neutral body positioning and follow these tips:

Please reference the following standing desk height chart for recommended desktop height settings for both sitting and standing. *Please note that the chart is based on average male/female anthropometric dimensions. If you do not fit within this mold, you may want to try altering the desk height an inch or two till the desktop height fits comfortably.

Working with your body in a the correct position reduces stress and strain on muscles, tendons, skeletal system, and reduces the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder. While standing, posture should be such that your legs, torso, neck, and head are approximately in-line and vertical.

It is important to remember that you must find the acceptable position and product that enhances you work environment and provides the greatest health benefit. With that in mind, there are organisations and companies beginning to realise the importance of sitting less, standing and moving more, and are implementing strategies to assist employees to do so.

When purchasing an active desk, investigate products to fit the needs of your office environment. Based on proper treadmill/standing desk ergonomics, ask the following questions:

  • Is the desktop height adjustable?
  • Does the desktop height adjust manually or electrically?
  • How large is the desktop?
  • Will I have enough room for the keyboard and mouse?
  • Can I add-on a desktop monitor mount?

We offer a range of ergonomic accessories and monitor risers to complement our range of treadmill desks, if you need support with this, please contact a member of our team.