Discovering the Many Benefits of Standing Desks
Standing desks have been around for several years. Still, many people are only now realizing the physical and mental benefits of standing while working. Studies show that people who live a sedentary lifestyle or sit most of the time at work are susceptible to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and a shorter life expectancy. Standing while working for just 30 minutes at a time (4 hours a day) can have a significant impact on your health and body. Discovering the benefits of a standing desk can be a gamechanger. Learn how here!
Lower Risk of Heart Disease
Researchers have studied the benefits of standing for over 60 years. Now, a comparison of 18 studies with almost 800,000 participants came to the same conclusion. Findings found that those with a sedentary lifestyle have a 90-percent increase in cardiovascular mortality and a 147-percent increase in the risk of cardiovascular events compared to those with an active lifestyle.
Reduce Back Pain
Back pain is something that 89 percent of adults will experience during their lifetime, and it’s one of the most outstanding complaints of office workers who sit all day. Many studies have explored the impact of using a standing desk for office workers with long-term back pain. The “Take a Stand” project in 2011 found that participants who stood for an average of 60 minutes a day experienced a 54-percent reduction in neck and back pain.
Lower Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity
Generally, weight gain results from taking in more calories than you burn in a day. More than 44 percent of workers say they have gained weight while at their current job. But you could burn calories at work with little to no extra effort by standing at your desk—approximately50 calories an hour. Over a year, that equals 30,000 calories. That’s equivalent to 8 lbs. per year you could lose just by adjusting how you work.
Boost Your Productivity
A common concern among those interested in a standing desk is completing daily tasks like answering the phone or typing. Working at a standing desk might take some getting used to. However, no reports have indicated a negative impact on daily activities by those using standing desks. The boost in mood and energy and the reduction in neck, back, and spine pain are likely to increase mental alertness. This, in turn, will boost your productivity.
If you are considering changing to a standing desk, we recommend a simple standing desk converter from Readydesk. A desk converter sits on top of your existing desk or any flat surface to quickly transform your sitting desk into a standing desk. They come in many varieties and can accommodate desktop or laptop computers, dual monitors, and adjustable heights. Discovering the benefits of a standing desk is easy—and following through in practice is just as simple. Contact Readydesk today to begin exploring better health through standing while working.