It’s a part of our work and our culture. We sit. We sit in front of our computers. We sit in our cars or on the train going to and from work. We sit while we watch TV or read a book. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a number of health issues including weight gain, poor circulation, lower immunity, and increased feelings of depression and anxiety. Standing desks are one way to help incorporate movement during your workday. Read about these 10 benefits of using a standing desk and you may be well on your way to making a difference in your daily movement.
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There are 34 different chronic diseases that are attributed to a sedentary lifestyle including heart disease, diabetes, auto-immune disorders, and obesity. In fact, some doctors and researchers even attribute a sedentary lifestyle to be as damaging as smoking to your health and wellness. Although the workplace seems like a small environment to provide change to a more active lifestyle, more and more companies are moving towards adding these accommodations to their employees.
Standing desks are a fairly new and innovative way to add some activity into your daily life. They can provide an effective way to get your body up and moving throughout the day, as well as offer accommodations to those in the workforce who have special needs and health considerations where a standing desk (or at least one that converts to a standing desk) is available.
10 Benefits of Standing Desks
Standing desks can be beneficial in a variety of ways in terms of both physical health and overall wellness. There are different types of standing desks including stationary standing desks, convertible standing desks, and even desks that allow for biking.
They can easily be implemented in your home or in a traditional office space to provide some of these 10 modest health benefits.
1. Better Productivity
Giving yourself (or your employees) the opportunity to move around during the work day has shown that employees are more productive and efficient throughout the day. In fact, research has shown that no one should be sedentary for more than two hours (and even that is stretching it).
2. Stronger Cognitive Abilities
Moving your body allows you to increase blood flow to your body your brain. A change of pace and scenery (even if it is from sitting to standing) can allow you to refocus and redirect your attention back to the things you need to do.
3. Moderate Weight Loss
Although daily weight loss is not significant with a standing desk alone, it does allow for an average of 5 pounds per year lost for the average person. This is a small number, but the overall physical and mental benefits of a standing desk make up for it.
4. Happier Workers
When you move, your brain releases endorphins. And endorphins make you happy. Standing for a short period of time every day can help you feel happier and more productive, thereby creating a better work environment for everyone.
5. Stronger Muscles and Joints
Even just standing for a few minutes several times throughout your workday can help to increase your muscle strength and puts less pressure on the same joints.
6. Fewer Sick Days
When your overall health increases, so will your immunity. A better immune system means fewer days feel like the dumps.
7. Fewer Workplace Injuries
Injuries to lower back, shoulders, wrists, and necks can decrease significantly when standing desks or moving desks are placed in workplace environments because more low-impact mobility creates less injury to joints.
8. Increased Circulation
Sitting for several hours at a time increases the risk of blood clots. Getting up for a few minutes several times a day increasing your circulation and decreases the risk of blood clots.
9. Increase in Healthy Habits
When people are given opportunities to take care of their bodies in one way, chances are that they will continue to take care of their bodies in other ways, too. Standing desks are a great way to start making healthy choices during the workday.
10. Less Anxiety and Depression
Work isn’t always fun, and it can often feel overwhelming even if you enjoy what you do. Those with anxiety or depression may find sitting at a desk without any room to move exhausting. But a standing desk can give them the opportunity to move and refocus, creating endorphins and regaining productivity.
The workplace isn’t the only place you can find the benefits of a standing desk. You can incorporate them in your home office, too. Many companies have noticed the benefits of allowing employees to work from home in terms of productivity and efficiency, so adding a standing desk or moving desk (such as a bike desk or a treadmill desk) to your home environment can be beneficial when you are working, browsing the web, or even reading a book.
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