6 Health Benefits Of Standing Desks

May 27th, 2021 - Last updated: December 7th, 2023: 00:00

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Feeling tight and achey from sitting all day? Or do you find yourself feeling a bit bloated after lunch and worried you will snooze away if you sit down? It sounds like you need a height adjustable desk! Overcome all of those productivity and post-lunch hurdles by simply transforming the way you work and boom - your steps are up and your productivity gets a second wind!

Okay all jokes aside, there are many non-lunch related benefits that come with standing desks too. Using a standing desk on a daily basis can have some great health benefits that will improve your work lifestyle and can help to reduce ongoing health risks by fostering more movement throughout the day, helping counteract the normal sedentary office lifestyle.

Height adjustable standing desks provide you with the ease of alternating between sitting and standing positions whenever you want. Perhaps you want to sit in the mornings and stand in the afternoons to plow through any potential slumps. With a push of a button, most standing desks can transform within seconds. Additionally, you're typically offered multiple height options making sure you get the appropriate deks height, whether you're tall or short, or sitting or standing.

Let's take a look at some more benefits a standing desk offers!

Standing desks can be instrumental in weight management and preventing obesity. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health estimated that a person weighing about 65kgs would burn an additional 54 calories each day by standing instead of sitting. Over a year, this could represent a saving of nearly 20,000 calories—approximately 2.5 kgs of body fat. A separate study led by Dr. John Buckley and a team of researchers from the University of Chester stated that over the course of a year, standing for three hours every workday is like running over 10 marathons - no intensive training required! So you can skip the gym by just raising your desk... kidding (though not entirely). Although these studies suggest that swapping sitting with standing at work offers great potential to burn more calories and support weight management, other forms of physical activity and balanced diet is highly recommended.

The widespread belief that more time spent sitting increases heart disease risk has been backed by numerous studies. It's been said that adults who spend two or more hours per day sitting have an increased risk of health problems related to cardiovascular disease, including chest pain and heart attacks. This is because prolonged sedentary periods limit the body's ability to break down fats and sugars, leading to their accumulation in the bloodstream. This can result in various health complications like obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol imbalance; all are significant risk factors for heart disease. In severe cases, the risk of heart disease can surge by up to 147% due to prolonged sitting. So get off your butt and help your heart!

If you didn’t know already, after eating a meal your blood sugar levels take a spike upwards and can negatively impact your health if you spend the whole afternoon sitting afterwards. Over time, this can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In contrast, standing or engaging in light activity after a meal can help to regular your blood sugar levels. In a small study of 10 office workers, standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting for the same amount of time. Both groups took the same amount of steps, indicating that the smaller spike was due to standing rather than additional physical movements around the office.

Back pain is one of the most common complaints from office workers who sit all day; however, it can easily be countered with a height-adjustable standing desk. A prominent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that using a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% after just four weeks. Additionally, removal of the sit-stand desks reversed some of those improvements within a two-week period. The use of such desks promotes a more upright posture, which reduces the strain on the neck and back caused by slouching while sitting. Also, by constantly engaging core muscles, standing desks encourage better overall spinal alignment. This in turn boosts both overall posture and reduces the occurrence of back pain. To derive maximum benefits, it's advised to alternate between periods of sitting and standing, ensuring good ergonomics in both positions.

Standing desks can positively influence overall well-being, including mood and energy levels. Standing promotes increased blood circulation, improving oxygen flow to the brain and muscles, which can lead to heightened alertness and energy. According to a seven-week study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, participants using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated the entire work day. 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigor and energy throughout the day. By incorporating standing into their daily work routine, individuals may not only counteract the negative health impacts of prolonged sitting, but also experience a boost in their overall energy levels.

There are a host of ergonomic work solutions that can positively impact our health and productivity, including height adjustable desks, monitor mounts, standing workstations and much more. We talk about these in our article '5 Ways to Improve Your Workstation Ergonomics'. In this article, we include standing desk recommendations and more, so be sure to check that out if you need some suggestions! Otherwise, head over to our furniture department to check out our entire range of Height Adjustable Desks.

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