Standing desks, like any other tools, can come with side effects. If you suddenly change from sitting to standing all day, your body may develop muscle pains. To avoid this, ease into using your standing desk by starting with 30 to 60 minutes of standing a day and gradually increase your standing time day by day. However, setting a timer as a reminder to stand or sit can disrupt your concentration, so you may want to consider your working routine when setting these intervals. When to stand or sit also has to do with the work you’re performing. For some tasks, it’s actually more comfortable to be sitting, so don’t force yourself to stand and hunch over your desk just because it’s time to stand. The standing desk is a tool, and like any other, it brings both benefits and drawbacks. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to using or even having a standing desk. Consider whether your specific work tasks, routine, and personal preferences would benefit from it.