Health Benefits of Standing Desks
Health Benefits of Standing Desks
Spending more of your day standing could reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
We are all aware that sitting too much is seriously bad for your health, with some experts even claiming that sitting could be the new smoking when it comes to our health, so what is the alternative?
What exactly is a standing desk?
A standing desk, also called a stand-up desk, is a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working. They are adjustable, so that you can change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing.
The cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer. Most people spend anything up to 8-9 hours sitting each day at their desks.
All this might sound suspiciously like the latest health fad, and nothing more. But a growing body of research conducted by scientists around the world —confirms that a sedentary lifestyle appears to be detrimental in the long-term.
The solution isn't just to get though the work day and then head to the gym afterwards, as evidence suggests that the negative effects of extended sitting can not be counter acted by brief bouts of strenuous exercise. The answer is incorporating standing, pacing and other forms of activity into your normal day -standing at your desk is the easiest way of doing so.
Along with this standing desks have a whole wealth of other benefits not just for the individual but they have even been proven to boost productivity in the workplace.
By spending your working day standing you will:
Reduce Risk of Obesity, Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Other Metabolic Problems, Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Reduce Risk of Cancer and finally, Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk.
Reducing sedentary time can improve physical, metabolic and even mental health. This is why sitting less and standing more is such an important lifestyle change.
Back pain is one of the most common complaints of office workers who sit all day. Several studies show that standing desks can dramatically decrease chronic back pain caused by prolonged sitting.
If you plan to start using a standing desk, it’s recommended you split your time 50-50 between standing and sitting. The easiest ways of accomplishing this is either using a desk that can be raised upward or a tall chair that you can pull up to your desk when you do need to sit.
It's also important to ease into by standing for just a few hours a day at first while your body becomes used to it, in order to adjust. It is reccomended that you shift your position, pace and even move about gently while you work during the transition period.
A common concern about standing desks is that they hinder daily tasks, such as typing. While standing each afternoon may take some getting used to, standing desks appear to have no significant impact on typical work tasks.
Considering that standing improves mood and energy as well, using a standing desk is more likely to boost productivity rather than hinder it. Studies have shown that standing desks do not have negative effects on daily work tasks, they may even boost productivity slightly in the long-run!
Standing desks appear to have a positive influence on overall well-being, they can lower feelings of stress and fatigue, while improving mood and energy levels.
Talk to your employer today and organise your transition to a standing desk.
Many companies now offer standing desks among their benefits packages. The summer is a great time to start planning a career move, so whether you have made up your mind and are definte about a change of scenery or just want to explore your options we are on hand to offer advice and guidelines on how to proceed with the best opportunity for you.
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