9 Standing Desk Benefits for Your Productivity
Keeping active is great for your body— but what if you work a desk job?
We sit during our commute, at our desks at work, and in the evening while we unwind and enjoy our favourite TV shows. With our busy lives, it can be difficult to stay active.
Statistics show that Canadians spend an average of 10 hours a day sitting down. This sedentary lifestyle can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of heart diseases.
So, how do you keep active if you work at a desk all day?
The answer is simple: stand up!
Working in a standing position periodically breaks up the long hours of sitting (the cause muscle soreness and stiffness).
Without further ado, let's take a look into all the benefits of using a standing desk, and how it can help you maximize your productivity from your home office.
What Does a Standing Desk Do?
A standing desk is a tall desk that allows users to stand while they’re working on the surface.
Most standing desks adjust to accommodate different heights when you’re standing. Height-adjustable sit-stand desks provide a full range of height adjustments so that you can work from your ideal ergonomic position sitting or standing.
Sit-stand desks can be adjusted manually (usually with a hand crank or lever) or automatically with a motor that moves the tabletop. Look out for electric sit-stand desks with a “memory” feature on the motor: this means that the desk will move to the perfect height every time, whether you’re sitting or standing!
(Not sure what else to look out for when buying a standing desk? Check out our complete buying guide here!)
Standing desks come in a variety of sizes to suit your workspace needs. If you’ve got a cozy home office, try a smaller, compact desk. Need more room? Try the versatile and stylish business office standing desk tabletops that range from 47” to 71” in length.
And if you’ve got a corner in your office, or multiple desktop monitors, make the most of your corner office space with an Executive L-shaped desk.
Adding an electric sit-stand desk to your daily routine is such an easy way to get active! Not only does working at a standing desk benefit your mind and body, but it can also boost your productivity and help you work smarter.
What are the Benefits of a Standing Desk?
A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity and weight gain, but there are simple steps you can take towards living a more active lifestyle. Working standing up can help you burn extra calories at work and fight the negative effects of sitting still all day. Bonus: when you’re standing, you’re much more likely to take a quick stretch and walk around. Simple movements like shifting your weight, twisting, and leaning help with weight loss and alleviating sore muscles.
Standing at work has been shown to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels! According to a study conducted by Harvard Medical School two hours of standing instead of sitting can improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and lead to a healthier heart! Making the switch from sitting to standing can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease!
Using a standing desk is a great way to combat the back and neck pain from sitting at a desk for long periods of time. In a 2018 study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, participants who used standing desks experienced a 50% decrease in back pain compared to those who didn’t! When working standing, you’re less likely to stick your neck forward and hunch over your computer screen like many of us do sitting down.
A fully-adjustable sit-stand desk allows you to move the desk to the perfect height. No more straining your back or eyes by settling for a desk that’s just a little too high or a little too low. With a height-adjustable desk, you’ll be able to bring the desk up to your ideal ergonomic level and relieve yourself of those pesky headaches that come from straining your eyes.
Tip: More than one computer screen? Adjust your monitors to the perfect depth and height with fully-adjustable monitor mounts!
Standing desks improve circulation throughout your body, nothing throws off your concentration like a gnarly bout of pins and needles in your legs! When standing, your body is upright in a natural position, which promotes good circulation and blood flow. Keep your feet comfortable and supported with an ergonomic anti-fatigue mat.
Want to keep active even while you’re sitting? Try active sitting! Engage your muscles while you’re sitting at your desk with this handy guide to active sitting.
With a standing desk, it’s easy to sneak in a few calf raises and leg extensions while you’re checking your email! Working at a standing desk gives you the freedom to move around and stretch without breaking your concentration. The edge of the desk is perfect for deep stretches, and simple exercises.
Standing desks and proper ergonomics help you improve your posture. Fully adjustable desks and monitors allow your body to rest in its most natural position, and this helps you stay relaxed and comfortable at work! You’ll have better posture, and stand taller with more confidence as a result.
Tip: Learn about your ideal ergonomic standing desk posture.
Yes, standing desks have psychological benefits as well as physical! A seven-week study showed that office workers who used stand up desks reported less fatigue and less stress than those who sat down to work. 87% of this group also reported an increase in energy during the day. A separate study confirmed that after one year of using a stand up desk, participants had spent much less time sitting down and had better engagement with work, less daily anxiety and better overall quality of life.
With less pain, more confidence, and a well-adjusted workspace, you’ve got everything you need for a productive workday. Standing desks can do wonders for your physical health and your mental health! When you don’t have to worry about back pain or eye strains, you’ll be able to concentrate on the things that really matter — working smarter.
It’s no secret that an active lifestyle is beneficial to both your physical and mental health. With our busy lives, it can be difficult to squeeze in the time to get active. Fear not, there are easy steps you can take to live a more active lifestyle. The easiest? Switch your computer desk out for a standing desk. Burn extra calories, boost your productivity and improve your overall physical health, just by switching up your workstation.
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