Often the first reaction people have when they hear about standing desks is that their use is apt to make people tired. After all, don’t people who are on their feet all day get tired? Yet just consider for a moment the fact that exercise both energizes and rejuvenates the body. Sure—one may feel tired after a workout, but it’s a healthy kind of tired. In contrast, have you ever experienced the physical drain that comes from sitting all day? Sitting for long periods not only causes aches and various other ills, it also leaves one feeling lethargic—with nothing good, physically speaking, to show for it the way that exercise and movement does.
Consider the following three scenarios. If you’ve ever experienced any or all of the following, it may be time for you to consider a standing desk.
Many people who sit all day long wind up of feeling lethargic and that feeling doesn’t ultimately translate well into work. Many fans of standing desks find that using one increases their energy, helps them focus, and leads to a more productive work day. Not only does standing burn more calories than sitting, it is associated with a more active platform to produce work. If you opt to stand at work, according to the New York Times, you will be in the company of greatness. “Leonardo da Vinci, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, [and] Vladimir Nabokov” preferred to work on their feet!
From a medical standpoint, sitting all day long increases one’s risk for backache. If you’re already aching at a young age, you might want to consider standing up at your desk sooner rather than later to spare your back from a long-term complaint. If you’re a career veteran and have been experiencing back aches for years from too much sitting, consider standing up for genuine relief from back pain. Christ Hospital Physical and Occupational Therapy Centers assert that sitting all day long can lead to back and neck problems—especially if you slouch for any of that sitting time. Standing, on the other hand, can reduce such aches and pains.
Numb legs are a common complaint among people who sit at their desk all day long. While it’s always important to check out these types of symptoms with a healthcare provider to make sure there’s no other medical reason to consider for the numbness aside from inactivity. If your numb legs are caused by sitting at your computer all day, for example, you can certainly decrease such feelings by standing up to work. Considering all the benefits associated with standing desks, it’s a good idea to give one a try!
If you’ve experienced any of these scenarios or simply want to enhance your fitness while working, consider making the switch to a standing desk. If you’re nervous, just keep your old sit-down model around and compare the two. Most people find that the standing desk lives up to its promises in every respect!
Standing at your desk most of the day is one way of improving your productivity, but what about those dreaded conference or one on one meetings in the icebox that corporate considers productive? No Thanks!
Instead Nilofer Merchant suggest that a walk helps keep the brain energized and the creative process moving. Check out this great TED TALK - and take a walk!
If one is finding her bones achy and energy unusually low at the end of the work day, it may be time to consider changing up work habits to help reduce stress on the mind and body.
One remedy that is helping with some of these issues involves folks taking to their feet at their office jobs. Using a standing desk is not a new concept, it has been around for a long time, and some notable names were practitioners of this lifestyle:
Fame aside, sitting all day at your desk has hidden dangers beyond just the general discomfort. New research suggests that the more a person sits, the higher their risk for an early death from a multitude of ailments which include cancers, heart disease and diabetes.
Some great articles to reference include:
This one from Men's Health
This piece from NPR
And this article from Women's Health
So with all of this information in hand, perhaps it's time that we get off our butts and onto our feet and take a stand for our health.
Adding a Standing Desk solution to the current office routine may not be a worthless idea.
Check out the Standee Classic for starters.
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