How Standing Desks Are Better For Your Health
- June 14, 2021
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Standing desks are a modern way to increase movement, productivity levels and support your own health.
With the pandemic forcing many people to work from home, and create offices out of unlikely spaces, a standing desk may be the answer to lowering your risk of heart disease, obesity, back pain, and even neck pain…and to get you moving more.
We know that sitting for prolonged periods of time is not great for your health.
With more people working from home and taking meetings from their desks, we are sitting more than ever.
Which has had an effect on our physical and mental health.
A standing desk can help curve a sitting spell, keep you up throughout the day, and encourage you to be more active.
What are standing desks?
There is no sorcery here, standing desks are exactly what they sound to be– a desk that allows you to work while standing.
These desks are built so that your computer screen can be moved to be eye-level with your body so you are able to work standing up. The mouse and keyboard are also ergonomically balanced with your body to ensure maximum comfort.
Why are standing desks important?
Canadians sit, on average, for 10 hours a day.
This is linked to a whole host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, and breast cancer.
By installing standing desks in an office, employers are actively encouraging employees to move around more and stretch more easily.
This in turn can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease, alongside reducing the aforementioned health problems.
Having standing desks in your office can also help with employee productivity.
A Texan study into standing desk usage at a pharmaceutical company found that employees were 23% more productive when they used standing desks.
Do standing desks help with back pain?
There is a strong argument that using a standing desk can also help individuals that suffer from back pain.
An American study, Take-A-Stand, monitored employees with sedentary jobs over the course of two months.
The study found that if we limit our sitting time by one hour a day, we can reduce back and neck pain by 54%.
Not only did it help physical pain, but the mood of the subjects also improved, proving that there is a link between daily movement and overall well being.
What Kind of Standing Desk is Right For Me?
Depending on your needs, there are a few types of standing desks.
Fixed-height: These desks are at your fixed standing height and don’t have the ability to be adjusted.
Sit/Stand Desks: These desks can be adjusted up and down to your needs and can be used to work sitting or standing.
Power sit/stand desks: These convenient desks have the ability to also be adjusted but go up and down with the push of a button.
Standing desks that are fully customizable and usually start around $300. However, TechCrunch found that the flat-pack Oristand model for $25 works just as well as the flashier, more expensive range.
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