Stand Up For Your Health: The Benefits of Standing Desks
Did you know that people who sit a lot have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and early death? Sitting too much is seriously bad for your health. Many studies recently published have also linked sitting for too long to weight gain and obesity. Although research is still in the early stages, it does appear that changing up your office desk and switching to a stand-up desk can have a significant impact on your health and productivity. You don’t have to stand up all day, but just standing up for one to two hours a day can make a huge difference.
What Is a Standing Desk?
A standing desk, also called a stand-up desk, is basically a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working. Many versions are adjustable so that you can change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing. These versions are referred to as height-adjustable desks or sit-stand desks.
The Health Benefits of Standing Desks
Roughly 40% of Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle. Inactivity raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Its effects aren’t only physiological, though; it can also cause depression and anxiety. Yet U.S. adults spend an average of 6.5 hours a day working at their desks. The human body wasn’t built to endure long periods of inactivity. Standing desks confront the problem in a remarkably clever way. They boost your activity levels without cutting into your schedule. In doing so, they help erase your risk of developing a wide range of health problems.
Weight gain occurs when you consume more calories than you burn. Standing desks burn on average an additional 1,000 calories a week. They also reduce blood sugar levels, preventing diabetes while simultaneously helping reduce the sugar cravings that lead to weight gain.
Posture and the Spine
Hunching over your desk disengages your core muscles which, in turn, worsens bad posture. Standing desks stretch out your back and shoulders while strengthening the core muscles required for a strong spine. Studies show that standing desks improve pain and discomfort, even in healthy people.
Sitting for long periods discourages blood flow, raising cholesterol and mortality levels. Every hour spent sitting behind your computer raises your risk of death from a huge array of illnesses. The more standing you can build into your day, the better, particularly if you have a high heart disease risk.
Sedentary behavior has been found to increase your risk of contracting certain cancers, with colon, endometrial, and lung cancers topping the list. It also increases your odds of dying from cancer by a little over 50%. Only a quarter of U.S. adults achieve the activity levels needed to improve these statistics, even though cancer is remarkably responsive to physical activity. Even small improvements can have a positive effect.
Activity boosts your happy hormones, so a sedentary lifestyle won’t do much for your depression rate. Standing desks improve your sense of wellbeing while boosting energy levels.
Engaging the body engages the mind, so standing desks have a powerful impact on productivity levels. 87% percent of study participants feel more comfortable working upright than seated, particularly when using sit-stand desks. These designs support a wide combination of postures, so they’re perfect for antsy workers who need to move around.
Where To Find Standing Desks in the DC Metro Area?
Fortunately, many office furniture manufacturers have extensive selections of stand-up desks as they become increasingly popular these days. You don’t have to give up style to make this healthy lifestyle change.
At PVI, we represent one of the more popular brands of stand-up desks from OfficeSource, the StandUp Desk. Not only does this style of desk fit into your office decor, but it’s also a great space saver for your office as well. These desks can really fit into any office setting and add to your workspace.
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PVI Office Furniture is your source for office furniture that saves your budget and helps you be the most productive in your office environment. Contact us today to find how you can upgrade your office desk to a stand-up model and how we can help you make this change to a healthy and more productive design for your office.