Spending more of your day standing could reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Research is showing that the impact of sitting all day as the average office worker does for six hours or more can be associated with a whole range of health problems, from obesity to diabetes to cancer.
What’s worse is that that the negative effects of extended sitting can't be offset by the brief amount of time we spend at the gym or working out at home. The answer is to incorporate standing, walking around and other forms of activity into your normal day. Standing at your desk is the easiest way to achieve this.
Boost Your Health
Using a standing desk is going to benefit your health immensely. When you sit for long periods of time you can begin to suffer from a lot of metabolic problems. Your body doesn’t produce chemicals necessary for processing the sugars and fats that you take in and your circulation suffers. Sitting all day as a lot of us do, increases your chances for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease or blood clots.
Burn More Calories
A standing desk can help you burn more calories throughout the day which will help with weight loss or help you maintain a healthy weight. Standing while you’re at work will burn as much as a third more calories than sitting will. That could equal another 500 calories burnt every day.
Standing will also alleviate back pain and other repetitive stress injuries. When you’re seated you don’t use your back muscles as much because the chair is supporting your upper body. That’s when we start slouching our shoulders and rolling our spine. It’s a classic causes for repetitive stress injuries and back pain. Working at a standing desk will help you keep your core and back muscles engaged throughout the day and improve your posture.
One side effect from standing at your desk is an increase in your focus, alertness and activity level. When you stand it’s easier to release your restless energy. Plus, your circulation is better, your blood sugar will stabilise and your metabolism will remain active so it’s easier to focus on the task at hand.
Standing will also actually fight fatigue and improve your feeling of tiredness, so no more afternoon slumps.
A standing desk
improves your posture, your focus and productivity, your mood and your overall health. As a working culture, we need to make a change because making the change could save or at least, extend, your life.