According to the Science Daily, the average office worker spends 5 hours and 41 minutes a day sitting at their desks. Studies have found that prolonged periods of sitting can lead to a range of health problems, including obesity and cancer. And going to the gym after work does not counteract the effects of a sedentary day; short workout sessions don’t do the trick. This is why many health professionals have pointed towards the benefits of occasionally using a standing desk at work. This is a good way to get off our feet while still getting work done.
- Standing desks can help keep us on our feet, which can help prevent obesity. Researcher James Levine tested a group of office workers and found that with the same caloric intake and exercise habits, the workers who moved around more during the work day did not gain weight at the same rate as the rest of the office workers. Just moving and standing for an extra two hours on average prevented the office workers from gaining weight.
- According to the Mayo Clinic, the risk of heart attack increases with sedentary habits such as prolonged sitting. Long hours of sitting has been linked to blood glucose control problems, which is a cause of heart attacks.
- A 2012 study found that adults using standing desks burned an additional 20 calories per hour than those using sitting desks. This margin may seem small, but accounted across several hours a day for an entire week, the extra calories burned just by standing could amount to almost 700 calories a week.
- In general, standing desks can lead to a temporary increase in energy and alertness, if only because the worker’s environment is altered. Standing desks can also lead to an increase in interaction and engagement with your workforce.
Standing desks should be avoided if you suffer from knee problems or other health issues that prevent you from prolonged periods of standing. Standing desks should not be used all day so you should have a sitting desk to use as well as a standing desk.