If you are one of those workers who sits at a desk from 9-5 or even a couple hours every day, you have probably experienced the discomfort of sitting for extended periods of time. Did you know, people who sit for these extended hours each day have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and even early death according to Healthline? And of course, long-term sitting like this also leads to obesity and weight gain.
This is where the recent popularity of standing desks comes in. A standing desk is just what it sounds like: a desk that allows you to stand while working. However, standing for long periods of time can be uncomfortable for many people too, which is why these desks allow you to adjust the height. Here’s some of the many benefits of a sit/stand desk.
Prevent Weight Gain
When compared to an afternoon of sitting down, an equal time of standing up has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. If you utilize your standing desk for a few hours each day for a week, you can burn nearly 1000 extra calories just by standing. There is a good chance that sitting for extended periods of time is linked to calorie burning (or lack thereof) and obesity.
Lower Risk for Heart Disease
We are all guilty of doing this at some point or another- or maybe you do this regularly – eating lunch at your desk to save time and money. Eating at your desk is convenient, especially if you have a delivery service. We get so caught up in work that sometimes it’s hard to take that 30 minutes to an hour for a break. However, a study of 10 office workers that stood for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike compared to sitting for the same amount of time. You might have heard you should stand or walk after meals, and this is because sitting after meals is linked to a 112% greater risk of diabetes.
Do you ever have those days where you could just fall asleep at your desk? Do you have those days frequently? Not to worry! You are not alone. In fact, in a 1-week study, those who used standing desks experienced lower fatigue and stress levels. Standing up for a few hours of the day can help to keep you awake and alert, ultimately getting more work done efficiently.
Prevent Back Pain
Almost every worker who sits for extended hours each day has complained about back pain. The CDC conducted a study which found the use of a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% in just 4 weeks.
Your long work day doesn’t have to be as painful and unhealthy as it is. Standing desks are a great solution for tons of people and are helping works each day to become healthier while working long desk hours. Iron Age’s Sit-Stand Desk is versatile and will enable the productivity your employees need, while keeping them healthy! To learn more about this desk or other office furniture that will boost comfort levels in your office, visit our website.