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Benefits of Standing Desks

Benefits of Standing Desks

In today’s digital world sitting for hours and hours has become entrenched in our lifestyle. The problem is our bodies aren’t designed to sit for hours. Our bodies are built for standing and moving. During most of the existence of human beings we’ve foraged for food, tended crops, and hunted – spending almost all of our time standing.

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What benefits can you expect from using a stand desk?

Reduce Risk Of Disease: Live A Longer, Happier Life

Professor Neville Owen, who surveyed multiple studies on the effects of sedentary lifestyles, concluded that an increasingly sedentary lifestyle has greatly contributed to the growing rates of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. His conclusions, published in a 2008 edition of the “British Journal of Sports Medicine,” recommend possible interventions to break up people’s daily sitting time as part of public health practice. This included the introduction of height adjustable desks into the modern office environment.

Increase Productivity: Get More Done

If somebody told you that making one simple change to your work habits could increase your productivity by almost 50%, you’d probably be more than a little skeptical. But one study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health found that call center employees were 46% more productive when they used sit-stand desks. Research published in the British Medical Journal backs this study up.

The statistics that support the positive impacts height adjustable desks have on productivity are very impressive. That is due to the fact that there are multiple different physiological and psychological benefits of using a standing desk that contribute to the overall increase in worker productivity.

Burn More Calories: Speed Up Your Metabolism

Good news for kiwi nine-to-fivers looking to reduce their waistlines: Working at a standing desk burns up to 200 more calories a day, on average, compared to just working on your backside.

Standing instead of sitting can help you burn 25 to 50 more calories per hour, depending on your weight. Although that may not seem like heaps in a 2,000-calorie day, making the change to standing for four hours each day can burn an additional 100 to 200 calories helping you lose 4 to 9 kgs over the course of the year.

It is suggested that along with standing at their desk, workers should walk back and forth for a few minutes every hour.

Increase Energy: Reduce Fatigue

Standing desks have been shown to have a positive influence on overall well-being.

In one seven week long study, those using height adjustable desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained sitting during the entire day.

Also, 87% of those using standing desks reported increased energy levels throughout the day.

When they returned to their old desks, overall moods reverted to their original levels.

Reduce Back Pain: Improve Your Posture

Sitting down puts up to 90% more strain on your back than standing does. Sitting at a desk also does not promote a good posture. More often than not, when you are sitting, your back and shoulders are slumped and your neck and head are pushed forward. This position is one of the most common contributors to back and neck pain.

By standing up you release the pressure on your neck and back and this promotes a healthier posture. Standing up for just over an hour a day reduces neck and back pain by over 50%.

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