4 Benefits of Standing Desks
Standing desks have become more and more popular over the years and when shopping for a new office desk, many have considered standing desks as an option. The popularity can be due to the perceived benefits and versatility than can offer. Some of those benefits may include:
Do you find it yourself stir-crazy while sitting at your desk? Some have found a lack of standing as a contributing factor. Utilizing a sit-to-stand desk could improve your efficiency by reducing the restlessness one may have with sitting in one position at a desk for hours at a time. Standing decks offer the option to sit or stand, making some likely to be more productive during the day.
Many studies have concluded that sitting at a desk, day in and day out, can have adverse effects on one’s health. According to Ruth Bush, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., vice dean for academic affairs and professor of surgery at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, “Sitting for extended periods of time has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, poor posture and more. Sitting in the same position for hours, like in a chair where the body is bent at the hips and knees, can block blood from getting back to the heart, and may even cause your legs to become swollen.”
Standing desks that offer adjustability to sit or stand offer additional benefits because most people do not want to stand all day either. Bush also points out, “Standing desks are great for posture, but even people who stand should remember to take breaks,” which includes walking around and putting your feet up from time to time. In which case, Fineline Furniture also has footstools available if you’re interested.
Two additional benefits of utilizing a standing desk could be
As we pointed out with circulation benefits to standing desks, some have also found they need to attend the chiropractor less often. Many will complain of back pain and a sore toosh. Standing desks offer the ability to sit and stand as you please which could bring relief from putting your spine in a compromising position all day.
Burning Additional Calories
Standing does require more energy than sitting. In an article over at LiveScience, they go into detail about calories and standing. They learned the findings of over 50 studies, which included more than 1,100 individuals, found that an average of 0.15 more calories was burned per minute standing than sitting. Men burned 0.2 and women burned 0.1. While not a significant amount and only roughly 54 more calories per 6 hour period than sitting (depending on weight and muscle mass), walking around, taking breaks and being active, as Ruth Bush pointed out earlier, can improve those numbers.
However, the amount of extra calories burned isn’t enough to lose significant weight but it could help prevent weight gain. Studies show nutrition and activity play the biggest role for weight loss if that is your goal and you should seek the advice of a physician. If you’re trying to lose weight, we can’t really help. However, if you’re interested in a standing desk to encourage you to move around more to meet that goal, Fineline Furniture can certainly help.
Hopefully, we have shown some of the benefits one can have when utilizing a standing desk in your office furniture options.