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 Desks May Help Reduce Back Pain
By J. A. Young
They’re an antique idea; standing desks were once luxury items for homes during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They could even be found in the sumptuous offices of London, New York, or Parisian offices. Today, they are somewhat of a novelty; yet that may be changing as more people discover the various benefits associated with standing desks. Schools have reported that they enhance some students’ performance in class and office workers have claimed that standing desks lead to a healthier work day—less sitting means more burned calories, for instance. Additionally, now many fans of standing desks say that using them instead of sitting desks alleviates back pain.
Standing desks are just now beginning to grow in popularity so there aren’t adequate medical studies that can quantitatively say that standing desks can medically speaking reduce back pain. On the other hand, there has been considerable research about the health problems associated with too much sitting, problems affecting people who sit all day as a rule whether in school or at work. The Telegraph recently reported, “the ‘sit still’ culture of schools and the workplace, combined with lack of exercise, is creating a healthcare time bomb.” Sitting overly long on a regular basis can, according to some experts quoted in this article, lead to chronic back pain.
NBC’s Chief Medical Officer reported on Today.com : “Sitting, muscle spasm and stress: We all sit a lot. We sit at work, in school, in our cars, at our computers, watching TV, you name it. It might seem hard to believe, but sitting can actually be worse for the back than standing. Why? This is because when we stand, the load at each level of the spine is shared between the disc and two small joints.” This may be, in fact, why some people want to make the switch to a standing desk.
A writer for Creative Bloq discussed her back pain and why she believed 16-hour work days sitting down was hurting her back. She wrote, “Whether or not you suffer from back pain right now, one day you probably will. And while you're probably reluctant to even consider standing at your desk, I strongly encourage you to give it a go. It's amazing how much better I feel since I did. Not only has my pain diminished, but my posture has improved and my concentration level has increased”.
One hospital network went so far to suggest that “for people who have existing back problems or experience back pain when sitting, a standing desk – or “stand-up” desk - could provide some immediate relief and, over time, could reduce the stress on the back that’s often caused by a poor sitting posture”. Moreover, the article asserted that “a study published in October in the journal ‘Preventing Chronic Disease’ found that participants who used standing desks – with the option to sit - reduced upper back and neck pain by 54 percent.”
With all the health detriments and risks associated with too much sitting, it may be time to try a standing desk. If it can diminish back pain as some users and reports suggest, it’s just one more good reason to try them out!
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Many people nowadays do their jobs sitting down. In fact, more than at any other time in the past, we are finding ourselves in the sitting position for longer periods of time. It’s a well-known fact that excessive sitting is associated with a greater risk of obesity, but do you know that it has also been linked to a higher incidence of heart disease, as well? Researchers have found that people who sit for extended periods of time during the day - even those who exercise regularly - have higher levels of bad cholesterol, larger waist circumferences, higher triglyceride levels, and more over-all inflammation than their counterparts who took regular standing or walking breaks throughout the workday.
Experts now believe that when people sit for too long, detrimental changes take place in the enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of fat. Studies are focusing on one in particular, called lipoprotein lipase.
Most people think that engaging in an exercise regimen helps safeguard them from problems associated with heart disease and it does, to an extent. Research, however, confirms that one of the major factors shown to exponentially increase the risk of having a heart attack is the extended periods of time that people spend sitting down. Since our bodies are designed to move and be active, sitting for long periods of time goes against the natural grain of a healthy lifestyle, even when we exercise regularly.
Because sitting for a long time has been shown to be an independent factor that affects heart health, there are a number of things that desk-bound workers and others that are required to be sedentary for long periods of time are encouraged to do:
· First and foremost, get up and walk around at least two times every hour. Some suggestions include taking phone calls standing up, walking to the printer to retrieve documents or delivering a message down the hall in person instead of e-mailing.
· Sit on an exercise ball. This may be impractical for full-time implementation, but it would be very beneficial to practice for a few minutes several times a day.
· If you must sit in a chair, invest in an inexpensive portable pedal exerciser or portable stair stepper. Readily available at most large retail stores, this small-scale exercise equipment can be easily placed under a desk and is a great way to increase circulation and incorporate lower body movement. In addition, the pedal exerciser can be used on top of the desk to exercise the arms.
· Two products that are becoming more popular are the stand-up desk and the treadmill desk. Standing at a stand-up desk will burn twice the calories that sitting burns and walking at a slow pace at a treadmill desk will burn, on average, an extra 100 calories an hour. Additionally, being in an upright position increases blood flow and brain activity. Although, you may have to buy them yourself, these are healthy alternatives to traditional desks.
There have been numerous studies over the past several decades confirming the fact that sitting for too long has adverse effects on our health. Prolonged periods of being in a seated position have been shown to increase the risk factors for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. If you have a desk job that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day, take some extra precautions by making sure that you are taking at least two standing or walking breaks every hour. Better yet, do some of your work in an upright standing position if you can. Your health will thank you.
It seems that new research is being published almost every day about the benefits of the standing desk.
Since our business is in selling a variety of standing desks, it makes sense that we should compile a list of some of the best articles that we have found about the benefits of standing desks. We have already done much of the leg work (pun intended) in finding the best support articles for the standing desk movement.
At Standeeco, we're pretty sure that this isn't a short term trend, standing while working may be a positive lifestyle change for a majority of people. Getting past the test drive period will likely be the major hurdle but can be overcome with education and support.
If you are on the fence about bringing a standing desk into your life, take a look at these links below to be better informed.
If you still have questions, feel free to contact me personally at Standeeco.
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