The Benefits of Stand Up Desks: Bettering Your Health and Productivity
Have you ever thought to yourself, “Boy, I wish I was healthier!” or, “Gee, I wish I had more energy!”?
If you have, you’re not alone! Many people who have desk jobs feel like they are chained to their desks and have minimal time to move about. Sitting all day often diminishes people’s energy and can cause long-term health issues.
If you have an office job, are you doomed to a short-life span and low energy? Absolutely not! The latest trend of standing while you work has shown to better the health of people with desk jobs, while increasing your productivity and energy.
Here are the top benefits a stand-up work desk can provide!
1. Reduced Risk of Obesity
In an article from Smithsonian Magazine you can read here, a study was performed that determined that people who have desk jobs “…who weren't gaining weight were up and walking around, on average, 2.25 more hours per day, even though all of them worked at (sitting) desks, and no one was going to the gym.” Failing to take advantage of the small opportunities for movement, such as going to a coworker’s desk instead of messaging them or using the stairs instead of the elevator, is associated with obesity. It has been found that using a standing desk tends to make people move around while they stand, which helps keep the pounds off.
2. Reduced Risk of Metabolic Issues
The same study above points out that “…sitting for extended periods of time is correlated with reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose in the bloodstream, part of a condition known as metabolic syndrome that dramatically increases the chance of type 2 diabetes.” Reduce the amount of sitting you do every day by using a standing desk and you can decrease your risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes!
3. Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
The discovery that sitting increases our risk of cardiovascular disease isn’t anything new! In fact, a study conducted in the 1950’s in London where researchers compared the rates of heart disease in bus drivers and bus conductors, it was determined that the bus drivers experienced more heart attacks. More recent research has shown that “…adults who spend two more hours per day sitting have a 125 percent increased risk of health problems related to cardiovascular disease, including chest pain and heart attacks.” By using a standing desk, this great risk can be reduced!
4. Reduced Risk of Cancer
In a 2011 study performed by Christine Friedenreich (which you can read more about here), the following results were found: “Prolonged sitting could be responsible for as much as 49,000 cases of breast cancer and 43,000 cases of colon cancer annually in the U.S. But the same research found that significant amounts of lung cancer (37,200 cases), prostate cancer (30,600 cases), endometrial cancer (12,000 cases) and ovarian cancer (1,800 cases) could also be related to excessive sitting.”
Why take the chance that all of the sitting you do every day could result in cancer? Use a standing desk and an Anti Fatigue Standing Mat from Consolidated Plastics to take away some of the fear holding you down in your chair!
5. Lower Long-Term Mortality Risk
When sitting is viewed in terms of all of the health issues explained above, we realize that sitting is deadly! Overall, these health problems can reduce your life expectancy. It makes perfect sense that by reducing the amount of time you spend sitting (and thus your chances for developing severe health issues), you can be increasing your life span!
6. Better Posture and Reduced Joint/Back Pain
When we stand, we often maintain much better posture than when we are sitting. While sitting it's easy to lean on your desk or slouch. However, if we increase the amount of time we spend standing, we eliminate the ability to slouch or sit to comfortably. The great thing about a standing work station is that it naturally encourages better posture while reducing joint and back pain. When we stay in one position all day (sitting), our joints and back get very stiff. By using a standing desk, you instinctively learn to have better posture.
7. Increased Productivity and Energy
All of these benefits can be yours by just using a standing desk! You can reduce your risk of developing a variety of health issues, increase your life span, and stay energized all day long. Pair your new standing desk with a Anti Fatigue Mat.