Stand-up desk accessories are worth having. Which ones are important enough to help make your standing desk experience the best it can be? You have taken the first step to reclaim your health by investing in a standing desk. You have the right desk or perhaps even one that you have converted.
However, to capitalize on the standing desk experience, accessories are vital. Your feet, legs, hips, and back can be stressed quite easily if overused. Once you have the right standing position, you may need some additional support to further enhance your comfort.
Sit-Stand Stools Are Essential For Stand Up Desk Workstations
Stand-up desk accessories would not be complete without sit-stand stools. We have reviewed sit stand stools in a previous blog. They are the perfect companion to stand-up desks. They go together like fish and water or movies and popcorn or Bogey and McCall. These are ergonomically designed specifically for the modern office.
This is the seating of the future and is new, trendy, and very active. The regular office chair has become a dinosaur compared to these active seating stools.
A few Recommendations are in order. The Wobble Stool allows the legs have more freedom so that your circulation is not cut off under the thighs. Motion sitting is the new phrase that describes sitting while moving. Uncaged ergonomics who make this stool are fun. Sitting can be an adventure believe it or not. The Wobble Stool naturally tilts and moves with you activating your metabolism.
The Muvman is another great active seating stool. They come in a variety of colors and the seat is made from microfiber which creates a type of friction to help you stay seated.
The pneumatic lift is controlled by two discreet buttons under the seat. The ergonomic design screams style and ease of use. Traditional chairs impede the blood flow behind the legs where the thighs meet the chair.
In contrast, the Muvman has a front edge of the seat that is flexible and adaptable so that blood flow is not impeded behind the legs. The seat colors are electric and come in green, red, grey, blue, or black.
The Anti Fatigue Mat-The Most Important Accessory For a Standing Desk
Standing desk accessories also come in the form of Anti-fatigue mats or anti-stress mats as they are also called, relieve tension on feet, hips, back, and spine. They are usually made from rubber, polypropylene, vinyl, PVC tubing, and nitrile rubber.
The anti-fatigue Mat is well known by people spending a lot of time on their feet. They come in various densities and styles but a few stand out from the crowd.
You will notice an immediate sense of relief as you stand on the anti-fatigue mat. This sense of relief will be more pronounced if you are used to standing on a hard floor. Heave a sigh of relief as you plant your feet firmly on the mat. Your feet will thank you. The Genuine Joe Anti-Fatigue Mat is on the cheap side but is surprisingly durable. It is 3/8 of an inch thick and made from vinyl foam. If you look at the surface you will notice ribbing for traction. The dimensions are 2 feet wide by 3 feet long. What I like about this mat is that the edges do not curl and snarl your feet or furniture.
If you are looking for something even plusher the CumulusPRO Professional Grade Solid Mat is made with cushion core technology. These are up to 97pct thicker than other mats and are environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
The American Chiropractic Association endorses this mat. Weighing in at 6.5 lbs. the width is 20″ and its length is 30″. No curl edges ensure that trip hazards are reduced. The National Floor Safety Institute has certified this mat so you can rest assured that the quality is top-notch.
Stand up Desk Accessories Foot Rests
Foot Rests don’t sound very sexy, do they? However, these little elves work away to improve your circulation and overall health in surprising ways.
These are very useful accessories for the stand-up desk. Take for example the Safco Rock N Stop Adjustable Foot Rest. This is an excellent footrest for exercising under your desk to increase circulation.
By using an incremented rocking action (hence the Rock N Stop) the legs are encouraged to move.
Movement as we know is related to circulation. By applying variable foot pressure, the position of the legs changes. It fits discreetly under the desk and the anti-skid feet keep it in position.
The Safco Rock N Stop is 17 1/2″ Wide by 11 1/2″ deep by 3 1/2″ high. Keep rockin’ it’s really good for you. Turn on some ACDC and get into high gear with the Safco Rock N Stop.
The Kensington SoleMate Footrest
This is a new item and I have not tried it out yet, but imagine a footrest with a smart fit. Now we are really rockin’ The Kensington SoleMate Footrest with a Gel Pad has a SmartFit embedded into the footrest.
The memory pad foam cradles your tired aching feet. When you set it to your personal comfort color it eliminates foot pressure points and strain. You can adjust the footrest without leaving your chair. The angle adjusts up to 30 degrees for individual comfort. The height adjusts from 3 1/2″ to 5 “. A non-skid surface makes sure that the footrest does not slip around.
Comfortable Shoes Are Vital Accessories For a Standing Desk
If you can imagine a scenario where a woman is wearing stilettos and trying to stand for hours at a standing desk. Ouch! You can see that it would be excruciating.
Men wearing loafers or any shoe with a developed heel will experience a similar situation. Even slippers and shoes with an even sole will hurt your feet eventually if there is no padding. The best shoes to wear are shoes used for walking or running.
The correct standing desk posture will also help. There are men’s shoes like the Afterburn M Fit Restamp that will make your whole standing desk experience more comfortable. Black is always a safe color for office wear unless you work for the Dr. Seuss publishing company.
A suggestion for women’s shoes that would do well at a standing desk is the Go Walk Icon. These are great for any surface and have the cushion and balance for comfort. These are radically lightweight and the upper part of the shoe is a canvas. The roomier fore-front has extra space reducing friction which can cause overheating of the feet.
The Resalyte midsole provides impact absorption which is ideal for standing desk users. I never thought I would ever hear about eco-friendly shoes, but this is exactly what the Go Walk Icon is because it is vegan, leather-free and odorless when worn without socks. The anti-microbial sock liner helps prevent odor and slippage.
A standing desk is a wonderful investment in your long-term health. Your day-to-day experience can be dramatically enlivened using stand-up desk accessories. You have no doubt heard the saying that a little goes a long way. A little accessorizing goes a long way. The fab four standing desk accessories are the anti-fatigue mat, sit-stand stools, footrests, and good comfortable shoes. Try these out and you will find that they will complete your standing desk experience.