Standup Workstations: Radical or Life Saving?
If you haven’t already heard, one of the most common activities in our lives is killing us. Can you guess what it is?
Numerous studies have found that prolonged periods of sitting can have very harmful effects on our health (such as higher risk of obesity, type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer) that will ultimately lead to premature death.
You may think this is no problem for you because you exercise regularly. Not so fast! An article from the New York Times says, “Irrespective of whether you exercise vigorously, sitting for long periods is bad for you.”
If exercise doesn’t help, what can possibly be done to counter the damaging effects of the hours of sitting we do each day? One revolutionary idea has turned many people’s thoughts of a workspace upside down: the standup workstation.
If you’re secretly asking, “What is a standup workstation?” here’s the answer! A standup workstation is simply an elevated desk with your computer screen at eye level when you are standing straight up and your keyboard situated so you can type with your elbows bent at a 90˚ angle.
Now, you might be thinking how awful it would be to stand at your desk working for eight hours. Yes, that would be awful! Standup workstations are not meant to be used for the entire length of your work day. However, you can simply rotate between sitting and standing to gain the desired result.
How long should you be standing at your workstation during the day? One article says that rotating between two hours of standing and two hours of sitting hits just the perfect balance.
Why is standing during your work day so important that it could be healthier than regular exercise? Well, a study performed in 2012 found, “The estimated gains in life expectancy in the U.S. population were 2.00 years for reducing excessive sitting to < 3 h/day.” We must reduce the amount of time we sit each day to try and help increase our life expectancy. What is one activity you can do to reduce the amount of sitting you do in a day? Standing!
Standing at your desk for a few hours a day not only decreases your risk for negative health outcomes, it has been found to relieve back and neck pain caused by excessive sitting.
Standing workstations have become a new trend that is likely to stick around! Learn more about standup workstations, their benefits and accessories to enhance your standup experience.