The Benefits Of A Standing Desk At Your Office Job

It’s nice to have all of the conveniences of modern society - the ability to make a living in a climate-controlled office rather than brave the elements to hunt for food or farm like your ancestors did. There’s only one problem. Humans were meant to move. The reality is sitting too much isn’t good for you – and if you work an office job, you probably do lots of that. With the availability of technology that lets you work a job, pay bills and socialize with your pals without leaving your chair, it’s easy to get too comfy for your health – and that’s not a good thing.

 

 

 

Why Is Sitting So Bad?

 

 

 

Recent research published in reputable journals shows that people who sit for hours working a desk job have a greater risk for a number of health problems including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. Even scarier, sitting too long increases the risk for dying prematurely. Here’s the real kicker. Sitting too long is harmful even if you work out at the gym an hour a day. Seems that a daily workout of any length doesn’t make up for the long hours you spend glued to a chair.

 

 

 

Health problems and premature death aren’t the only drawbacks to too much sitting. Prolonged sitting can trigger back pain or worsen existing back pain and lead to calf tightness and other orthopedic issues. It’s not good for your spine or your posture either. Plus, when you sit, your metabolism takes a dive and you burn fewer calories. Stay glued to your chair long enough and you’ll be shopping for a new wardrobe after you can’t button your pants due to the weight you’ve gained.

 

 

 

Is There a Solution?

 

 

 

Who says you have to sit at the office? Some people are replacing their chair with a standing desk so they can work from a standing position. Why is standing better? You burn 30 to 40 calories per hour when you move from a sitting to a standing position. Work an eight hour day? That’s an extra 240 calories to 320 calories daily. This adds up to a pound of weight loss every 10 days to 2 weeks if you change nothing else!

 

 

 

More calories burned and a reduced risk of dying prematurely aren’t the only benefits of trading in your chair for a standing desk. Sitting all day zaps your energy too. How many times have you gone home from work feeling “fried” even though you never got up from your chair? Standing instead of sitting can also increase your productivity since your energy levels won’t plummet from sitting too long. Plus, it’s a better choice ergonomically as long as you choose a desk that’s the right height. This translates into less back and neck pain – and better posture.

 

 

 

The Bottom Line?

 

 

 

There are lots of reasons to switch to a standing desk but the most important one is to preserve your health. You weren’t made to sit all day – and you don’t have too when you equip your office with a standing desk. Once you do, expect to feel better and be more productive. Isn’t it time to make the switch?

 

Is Your Desk Job Killing You?

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.  

 

Exercise May Not Help

 

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.

 

What Does Help?

 

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.

 

A Standing Desk For Back Pain?

Standing desks and back pain?

This is an interesting subject that I have been getting feedback on since the launch of the first Standee Classic standing desk. It's an unexpected benefit of standing when you could be sitting for extended periods of time.

Customers have been telling us that since they started using our standing desks, mild ailments such as shoulder and lower back pain have been reduced. That's not to say that it is a direct result of the standing desk, but who knows, perhaps the standing position takes a lot of pressure off of areas of the body that have been exposed to the sedentary lifestyle for far too long.

So with all of that being said, we want to know more.. what do you do to help with your back pain? What has worked and what has not? Have you tried a standing desk solution and what are / or were the results?


 

Standee The World's Strongest Standing Desk

We're not sure if we now make the world's strongest / toughest standing desk, but it could be possible.



While working on sizing the desks for our own use here at Standee HQ, we began to notice that the BamTuff Bamboo that we were building the desks out of was unusually durable and strong.

This lead us to the idea of putting our standing desks to the test with heavy stuff. First we stacked books on the desks until we could fit no more books on them. Then we had our shop foreman (not a small guy) jump up on down on a Standee Classic, the Classic took the abuse and remained intact.

Frustrated because we couldn't figure out how to test the load durability to the breaking point, we scratched our heads and then came up with an idea.


Why not park a vehicle on the desk?


We used a 3600-4200lbs? (Estimated) Toyota Tacoma 4 x 4 V6 and placed four Standee Classics under it. One under each tire.

While it's still unknown what the truck actually weighs, it's certainly a bit more than what we expect the average customer may place on the desk.... by about a few thousand pounds. So it's safe to say that your Standee Classic standing desk should hold up to years of use.

Now for a quick slide show.  ( By the way - Don't try this at home.. we're pretty sure there are safer ways to test the weight baring ability.. but none with such a Wow factor)

We built four Standee Classics from left over parts that we had in the shop.

Using a forklift, we raised the rear of the vehicle first and placed the desks under the rear tires, then repositioned the forklift and placed the Standee Classic standing desks under the front.

Now for the true test.

 

So that's that.. The Standee Classic Standee Desk is the little desk that could. :)

 

 

 

The Adventures Of a Standing Desk (a user story)

A review of using the Standee standing desk. Will it help or hinder productivity and in this case - some back pain?

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A List Of Articles About The Benefits Of A Standing Desk

The Standing Desk, A Trend or here to stay?

 

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.

Thanks!

Cliff

The Marketing Guy.

 

http://rowdykittens.com/2010/04/think-on-your-feet-4-reasons-to-stand-while-you-work/

http://www.macworld.com/article/1146950/standingdesk.html

http://www.health.com.au/blog/3-reasons-to-stand-up-at-work/

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/business/stand-up-desks-gaining-favor-in-the-workplace.html

http://www.forbes.com/sites/katetaylor/2012/08/02/can-standing-desks-fight-sitting-disease/

 

The Best Standing Desk For Under $200

A Standing Desk Solution For Less Than $200.00?

Yes and it is made here in California!

 

When it comes to standing desk choices, there are no shortage of them.

Standing Desks can range from $50 - $2000 plus.


But what if you have never tried one and aren't sure that a standing desk is the right fit for you? Making a hefty investment in a standing desk that you will not end up using the long run doesn't make much sense.

At Standee Co. We know exactly how that feels. Instead of replacing our expensive office desks while making the transition, we opted to build a line of desks that allows us to try out standing at our desks on the individual basis. Because we all vary in size, we ended up making a few different sizes to sit atop our 29" standard office desks.

It is crucial that our standing desks be movable so that the user can take it down if they change their mind. It is also vital that the standing desk can easily fold away for storage, so now the Standee Classic can be assembled and collapsabled with no use of tools.

Our goal is to create a high quality standing desk for less than $200 so that anyone can try it to see if standing while working fits into their lifestyle.

Unlike other standing desks in the sub $200 range, our Standee Classic desk is made in California from imported and renewable Bamboo.
We're not easy on our equipment and have chosen a material that can truly stand up to some abuse - Bamboo is amazing stuff!

If you are considering other standing desks for less than $200, we encourage that you read the user reviews on sites like Amazon. If you are going to drop $200, make sure you are getting a quality product that will take a beating and fit into your lifestyle.

Have questions about Standing Desks? Please feel free to comment below.

5 Amazing Facts About Bamboo

Why Bamboo is perfect for a standing desk

 

When our team first considered what materials to build our line of standing desks out of, we had a lot of options. To begin with our team wanted to explore a material that was durable, available, affordable and offered an exceptional value to the costumer. Bamboo seemed to be a natural fit (pun intended).

While researching the benefits of Bamboo, we ran across 5 amazing facts that our inner nerd wanted to share with the world.

5 Amazing(ly) geeky facts about Bamboo -


1) We love Bamboo because it is an efficient producer of oxygen and everyone knows Oxygen is awesome. Bamboo is 35%-40% more efficient at processing carbon dioxide and releasing O2 than similar sized woody plants, trees, and shrubs.

2) Bamboo is low maintenance and grows quickly. In the right environment, most Bamboo can be harvested in less than three years. Compare that with trees which can average 120 years. Bamboo can grow up to 4" per day!

3) Bamboo is more closely related to grass than it is woody trees.

4) Bamboo has no knots, so it's structural integrity is higher than that of other organic building materials.

5) Termites cannot eat Bamboo. While scientists say this is the result of a high silica content, we say it's because Termites are fans of the Atkins diet and Bamboo isn't on the list.

 

Standee Standing Desk Joins The Ladies at HeraHub

Standee Standing Desks

In a show of support, we recently placed two Standee standup desks at a hip workspace for Women in San Diego. HeraHub is a first class operation, and we're proud to bring a standing desk solution to a workspace where we know that it will be appreciated by entrepreneurs and startups that literally think on their feet all day.



The two standing desks that Herahub received are part of our Standee Classic line up. The standing desks are amber and natural color and 10" and 12" variants which should provide comfort for folks from 5'4" to approx. 5'8". We also included two Standee Anti-Fatigue Mats.

If you are considering purchasing a Standee standing desk and Standee anti-fatigue mat, do take into consideration that the mat is about two inches thick, so pick your desk height accordingly. You will want your desk height to be at about your elbow level for comfort.

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My Standing Desk Comfort Level

If you are looking for the whole backstory on my recent move to a standing desk including, but not limited to the health benefits that I have noticed since I started standing at my desk - click here.



I started my standing desk journey just over a month ago. It's been a terrific month at the new job which includes adjusting to a type of lifestyle that has actually increased my productivity and made me look forward to coming work. A big portion of the lifestyle change is that I am standing most of the day at what traditionally would have been a desk job and creaky office chair setup.

The Standing Desk Setup

For my standing desk, I'm using a bamboo standing desk that we make here in Oceanside, California. I can say with certainty that if we didn't make standing desks, there's no way I would have every tried one. But we do, and so I have.

Not that I am an expert, though others here are, I have discovered that the right size desk makes all the difference in the world.

I've tried a variety of set ups, some with our Standee Anti Fatigue mat, some without. Some with 10", 12" and 14" models of our bamboo standing desk.

I'm 6'3" - so I'm quite used to hunching over to fit into office furniture. To have something that accommodates my height is a god send. I only wish Disneyland had the same flexibility.

My Standing Desk Discoveries

What I have discovered is that the ideal standing / working position for me is to have my standing desk desktop at approximately elbow height so that my hands can rest on the platform while I type away and mouse around. The elbow height helps take the pressure off my neck and clavicle area that the weight strain of my arms may cause in any other position.

An added benefit of standing most of the day while working is an increase in the lower back muscle strength. I've struggled with back pain most of my life since I have somewhat of a long torso and slim frame which leads to a lot of strain on what muscles that I do have in my lower back. My achy / hunched over mornings seemed to have gone away, but it's still too early to point to a reason as to why.

I'll update this blog as my journey continues.

If you have any questions about the standing desk experience, please comment here on the blog or email me directly at ccurrie at richltd.com

Happy Standing!