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Standing Desk Health Benefits

Updated on August 10, 2014

There are many standing desk health benefits. It can reduce back pain and help you feel better at the end of a long day. Do you spend all day at work sitting down at your desk? If you're like almost 40 million other Americans, then you do. The average office worker spends almost eight hours per day (forty hours per week) sitting down and barely moving.

If the soreness of your bottom, legs, and back after a long day at work is any indication, then sitting down for so long isn't very good for you. Recent research actually supports this up and goes one step further to say that sitting for so long actually has some pretty serious health risks. Luckily though, there is an easy fix: the stand-up desk. The idea might sound a bit quirky, but they've actually been in use for a long time. While not as popular now as they once were (they were once common in offices and schools), stand-up desks are making a comeback and for good reason. Three of those good reasons are outlined below!


Burn Calories & Lose Weight

It sounds amazing, but standing up for a few more hours each day can burn a ton of calories! Yes, that's right, even if you only use a standing work station desk for half of the day, you're already burning dozens more calories than you would be if you sat all day long. Standing up also causes you to flex and use your muscles throughout the day.

To burn even more calories, some people put a treadmill under their standing desk.

Reduce Back Pain

One of the most common complaints by office workers is of back pain. And guess what causes this back pain? Sitting down! Standing up during work (or at least alternating between sitting and standing) can save your back by actually using its muscles and improving your posture. While standing, your back will be straighter and sturdier. You'll also have less reason to slouch.

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Increase Productivity and Focus

Have you ever felt desperately sleepy while sitting down at work? Maybe you've even been so tired that you just wanted to drop your head down on your desk and take a nap. Well, that's definitely not being productive! A stand-up desk actually alleviates this drowsiness by causing you to focus more (most of us can't sleep standing up). It also engages your muscles so you actually feel less tired. Plus, you can move around a bit if you have too much energy and easily let loose a little energy.

The standing desk health benefits are great. Though they take a little getting used to, they can help keep your body in tip-top shape in the long run. If you're in an office that frowns on the stand-up desk, then at least make sure that you stand up from your normal desk during the day! While no substitute for a true standing desk, simply getting up from your seat every hour or so will make you feel much better.

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      Sadie Holloway 4 years ago

      This is a very timely article in that more and ore doctors and scientists are warning us that sitting is very detrimental to our long term health. Bookmarked and pinned for future reference!