Why Should I Use a Standing Desk?
Office workers who spend most of their day at a desk are at greater risk of becoming overweight, suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
There is a growing awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle outside of work. However, recent research shows that exercising and healthy eating can rely on the effects of sitting down all day. It’s crucial to take aim at the source of the problem: the actual amount of time spent sitting.
Standing desks are structured so your work surface is at the level of your wrists and your monitor is at or slightly above eye-level. This allows you to stand comfortably and naturally while you work.
What are the Benefits of a Standing Desk?
Standing Lowers Weight Gain Risk
Many of the worst problems associated with sitting are inseparable from weight gain. Spending more time standing burns significant calories. For many people, standing at your desk can burn as much as 1,000 calories a week.
Standing May Control Blood Sugar
Blood sugar problems create a dangerous cycle in the body that can cause or worsen diabetes. Standing for about three hours after lunch has been shown to substantially reduce blood sugar spikes associated with eating a meal.
Standing May Reduce Heart Risks
Prolonged sedentary time has a pronounced effect on heart disease risk: in fact, it may increase the risk of heart disease by 147%. Even intense exercise for an hour is unlikely to reverse the negative heart health consequences of sitting all day.
Standing Desks Are Good for Back Pain
According to research published by the Centers for Disease Control, using a standing desk can reduce back and neck pain 54% in just four weeks.
What Precautions are involved in using a Standing Desk?
Although the benefits of a standing desk are very attractive, it’s important to use it in the right way. A standing desk that can also adjust into a conventional sitting desk is best. This allows you to gradually ramp up the time you spend standing. You should find a comfortable medium by spending between 25% and 50% of your day standing.
Be sure to take occasional breaks that will allow you to walk around, practicing a wider range of motion than is possible at your desk. This helps you to increase blood circulation to the lower extremities and may help protect against blood clots. If you’ve made the choice to switch to a standing desk, it can be hard to navigate your options to find one that will truly work well for you and that you’ll want to utilize as much as possible.
Desk height is an important factor. For those who are particularly tall, it’s essential to find a desk that will elevate to a comfortable height for you. However keep in mind that even those who identify as “kind of tall” will want to confirm that their desk will accommodate.
What features should I look for?
- Adjustment hardware: Transitioning sit-to-stand desks can come with a variety of adjustment hardware: electric motor, hydraulic lever, or manual crank to change positions. If you’re going to be changing the height on a daily basis, you’ll want to opt for an adjustment piece that is easy, smooth, and noiseless enough to be done during working hours.
- Assembly: Oftentimes the simpler the assembly, the better. Depending on the adjustment hardware you opt for, it may be fairly easy to put together.
- Overall experience: Your desk should fit smoothly in with the rest of your daily routine and working environment. Does the coffee on your desk spill when you change the desk’s height? Was the crank too noisy or bulky to where you didn’t want to move it when others were around? User experience is absolutely key when it comes to choosing a standing desk because that’s what will make or break you getting into the habit of using one.
Ultimately, the best standing desk for your unique needs will come down to your personal preference and individual budget. This guide will help you through your shopping experience, but only you can decide what’s best for you.
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