The Monitor & Monitor Arms
Firstly, it’s very important to use a good-sized monitor rather than just work off a laptop screen if you’re using your computer for prolonged periods. My preference is for one large monitor set centrally at your desk, so there is less neck twisting and looking down!
Next, please invest in a good quality monitor arm. Full flexibility to adjust the monitor is essential for your neck and your eyes! To get an idea of monitor arms, take a look at WorkTrainer’s options.
Benefits of a Fully Adjustable Monitor Arm
It’s the perfect option for a sit-stand desk. Whether you’re sitting or standing, or even using a movement stool or standing board, the monitor can be adjusted to the optimal height & angle.
Reduce pain from incorrect posture. Having the screen at the wrong angle can cause neck, shoulder and back pain.
Increase productivity using multiple screens. This allows you to save time as you won’t be switching tabs so often, and can compare two screens at once.
Reduce Stress. It has been showing that there are aggravating nerve ‘pinch points’ that can lead to stress, tension headaches and fatigue. By keeping your monitor at the perfect position, the neck and shoulders are kept in a healthy posture.
Reduce Eye Strain. It is so important to vary your focal length, so the eyes do not get ‘locked’ in one position for long periods. Sit back in your chair, move your monitor forward and relax if you’re reading something, or need to contemplate things for a moment. Make sure to vary the position of monitor from time to time! See also my article on neck and Monitor position for more.
Recommended monitor arms
I have always liked the Ergotron LX arm, but there are many other good quality fully adjustable gas-spun arms.
WorkTrainer also do a range of monitor arms.
Other workstation options
These are stool-type seats that allow for the widest range of movement. I’ve used the Varier move stool for many years – they are very well made, last for years and are suitable for the whole family. There are two seat sizes to choose from:
Compact Move Stool for children or short people – seat height is low (only 49-68cm)
Move Stool for taller people - height medium to high – 56-82cm
Some other recommendable movement stools include:
Sit-stand.com‘s range of movement stools
WorkTrainer’s movement stool
I’m a huge fan of getting out for some fresh air, relaxation and mindful activity. Sometimes, however, getting out is not so easy, so work trainers may be a good option for anyone who is unable to find the time to go out, or is restricted by children or caring for someone.
There are some treadmills for desks that will give you a slow walking speed, and others that can also allow you to do gentle jogs, up to about 12kmph, which has a great double benefit for some aerobic or cardiovascular activity.
WorkTrainer has this exercise bike for use at a desk.