We spend a third of our hours in a day working. Add in travel time and we end up spending a lot of our waking hours sitting down. Many studies have shown that prolonged sitting time is a health risk and can lead to a number of damaging health conditions, particularly in workers with sedentary jobs.
So, as an office worker, how do we negate the damages of sitting at our desk all day?
Well, this is where the standing desk comes in. You’ve probably heard of them, you’ve probably even seen people who have them, and you’ve probably wondered many things about them. Are they worth it? Are they expensive? Is this just another office fad that people are buying into?
Well, good news. Standing Desks are a worthwhile investment for both businesses and employees, and they are most definitely not a fad. To prove it, here are the five top advantages of using a standing desk:
1. Standing relieves back and neck pain
Standing has been proven to reduce back and neck pain often caused by sitting and poor posture. In the ‘Take a Stand’ Project done by CDC in 2011, over four weeks the sit-stand desks reduced sitting time by 224% (66 minutes per day) and reduced upper back and neck pain by 54%. In the two weeks following the test where they removed the desks, these improvements were lost.
2. Increases energy level and reduces stress, resulting in higher productivity and concentration
Standing gives you an energy boost, kind of like a caffeine hit, only without the crash. A Sydney Study performed in 2013 called ‘Thinking on your Feet’ had participants report they felt more energised than those using traditional sitting desks. This in turn can also reduce stress as standing gives you the opportunity to stretch your muscles and get rid of some of that fatigue and frustration that might be holding you down.
Standing also pumps blood around your body and brain, which therefore increases your brain function. This means that our concentration, creativity and productivity are improved as we feel physically and mentally better.
3. Can assist in reducing the risks that result from poor health
Prolonged sitting time, particularly when in a sedentary state, has been associated with many preventative and often chronic health conditions, including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Metabolic syndrome
However, breaks in sedentary activity have been shown to benefit adult metabolic profiles, which in turn can lead to lower health risks related to waist circumference, body mass index, and triglyceride levels.
4. Standing Improves job satisfaction
Standing releases endorphins, obviously not the same kind of rush you would get running or working out, but that small rush of endorphins will improve your overall mood and will leave you feeling happier at work.
5. Standing increases your daily exercise levels, in turn you burn more calories
There are lots of ways you can increase your daily exercise while at work, if you’re interested in learning about more you can check out our article on yoga for the office. But, it’s no surprise that one of them is to get yourself a standing desk.
According to the Australian Government Department of Health, more than half of all Australian adults are not active enough. The recommended weekly activity levels are 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, or 75-150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity. So, moving wherever you can will help you reach these targets, particularly when you can sometimes feel like you’re chained to your desk all day.
Standing instead of sitting can also help you burn 20-50 more calories per hour, while that may not sound like much if you stand for a few hours of your day, the numbers will add up.
So, are you ready to introduce some more activity to your work days and take a stand against a sedentary lifestyle (pardon the pun)? If you are, you can check out our range of height adjustable and standing desks here. If you’re not, you should really check yourself before you wreck your health.
Remember, beating the sedentary work life cannot be done by solely purchasing a standing desk, but also with eating well and exercising. But it will make you feel better, more productive and achieve better results in your workplace.