Standing desks have become increasingly popular over the past couple of years, and for good reason. A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association found that “epidemiological evidence is accumulating that indicates greater time spent in sedentary behavior is associated with all-cause and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in adults.”
Sitting too much, whether at work or at home, is extremely harmful to our health. Luckily, increased awareness of the dangers of sedentary behavior has led to the creation of new products that encourage individuals to move more throughout the day. These include mobile apps, products like Fitbit and Xiaomi my Band, treadmill desks, standing desks and many more.
Here are some of the benefits of standing up while at work:
– Lowers sugar levels
– Lowers heart disease risk
– Can reduce back pain (when used moderately)
– Improve energy and concentration levels
– Reduce metabolic problems (helps with digestion)
– Reduces obesity risk
– Improves circulation
– Prevents neck strain
– Can help burn additional calories
There are many other benefits to standing while at work, check them out here.
However, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing,and just as sitting too much is harmful, so is standing too much. This is one of the main reasons why height-adjustable desks are particularly popular. Height-adjustable desks, like the ones available at Shift Workspaces from Humanscale, offer a smart solution to the standing too much vs sitting too much problem.
Not only do these desks allow individuals to change up their position during the day, but they also are great at making sure that people are sitting and standing correctly, as they allow individuals to heighten or lower their desks/monitors according to their height. This is beneficial because it can help reduce back pain and neck strain associated by having a desk that is too high or too low in relation to the chair–or when standing, to one’s height.
Are you standing up yet? Try it out, you’ll not only feel better, but actually be better.