All Of The Benefits Of Standing Desks
Standing Desk Benefits
There have been many health risks connected to sitting in one spot for too long. Some of these have included diabetes and heart disease. In a world where more and more jobs require computers and little movement and exercise, the ‘sitting’ epidemic doesn’t seem to be letting up. With many average workers spending an average of 60 hours a week in the office, there is little time for exercise. This is why the advent of the standing desks was very welcome. As the name implies, these are desks that enable workers to stand while working. Many of them are adjustable, meaning that the user can alternate between sitting and standing to get their work done. While more is being discovered about these desks, a lot of health benefits have been discovered; we’ll examine some below. So, if you are thinking of a way to reduce the amount of sitting you do and want to invest in a standing desk, here are the reasons to do so.
Reduction Of Back Pain
If you are an office worker who sits at a desk for a chunk of your day, you have likely complained about back pain. It also isn’t uncommon to find out that those who bend more during work (animators, artists, and so on) suffer from back pain even more than usual. A lot of research has gone into the correlation between back pain and sitting for long hours. One of the most popular was the ‘Take a stand’ project founded in 2011. That extensive study required workers to stand up more during the day, and the results were dramatic. It was discovered that participants who spent an average of 66 minutes of the workday standing experienced a reduction in upper back and neck pain, a 54 percent reduction, to be exact. Another study discovered that people who stand during work also experienced a 32 percent improvement in lower back pain. It was also found that when the standing desks were removed, and the participants reverted to the status quo, they were back to complaining of back pain within a short period.
Help To Boost Mood And Energy
It might surprise you to learn that standing up more often than not helps to boost your mood and increase the energy you have. Studies have shown that sitting down increases the risk of depression and anxiety, and it is unsurprising to see that a lot of cases of the two mental illnesses involve people who live less active lives. Standing up more often could help combat this. The ‘Take a stand project’ also highlighted this as some of the participants who stood for an average of 66 minutes during the workday reported that they experienced improved mood cycles. The project, which was conducted over four weeks, also resulted in improved energy levels for the participants. It was also reported that the end of the experiment and a return to the standard desks also coincided with a deterioration in the mood of the participants.
If you imagine working at a standing desk, you might imagine that typing could be tough. This is, of course, not the case as there are adjustable desks that make this more comfortable, and a standing desk mat could also make the process easier. Not only is it clear that effective typing can be achieved by standing there’s also research that shows that standing could make you more productive in general. This research shows how standing could make you more effective in the workplace. One such study observed 60 workers who used standing desks, and the results showed that this did not impact on their typing speed, neither did it increase the number of typing mistakes made. So with the possibility of elevating your mood and increasing your energy, it isn’t difficult to see why a standing desk could increase your productivity in your office.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
It has already been mentioned in this article how sitting could increase the risk of contracting diseases such as diabetes. We also know that the chance of diabetes is increased with spikes in blood sugar levels. These spikes in sugar levels typically occur after meals, and in 2013, a study was carried out to see how standing could help battle this. The study showed that office workers who stood for about 185 minutes after lunch experienced a reduction in blood sugar levels of up to 43 percent as opposed to those who were sitting after lunch. With these facts, you can help yourself and reduce the risk of dangerous sugar levels simply by using a standing desk.
Reduces Weight Gain
Sitting around all day doesn’t mean you’re lazy; what it does mean, though, is that you aren’t getting enough exercise. This could, among other things, lead to weight gain and in some extreme cases, obesity. This is another reason that standing desks are a necessity as studies have shown that merely standing up helps burn off 50 extra calories an hour. The more you stand, the more that math adds up, and the more calories you burn. For instance, standing for three hours or more every day could lead you to burn off as much as 30,000 calories extra in a year.
In conclusion, a standing desk is a necessity in the modern workplace, and while there are many reasons why it is essential, there are petty ones too. An example is how standing desks could help you show off the best shoes for work, or the fancy new pair of pants you’re wearing. So if the health reasons aren’t enough to convince you to get a standing desk, perhaps the fashion reasons will.
Could Help You Live Longer
Yes, I know this might sound weird, but a simple glance at the statistics and research gives this a lot of credibilities. There have been a lot of studies that have tied sitting down for long hours to an early death via various diseases. Heart disease and diabetes are also closely linked with a sedentary lifestyle. Other researches have shown that reducing sitting time could lead to a longer life expectancy. While it is true that there haven’t been any direct links between standing longer and longer life, it is safe to infer that this is the case. A standing desk encourages you to stand more and, therefore, could indirectly help you lengthen your life.