Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

A standing desk, also called a stand-up desk (height-adjustable desk), is basically a desk that allows you to stand up comfortably while working.

Using a standing desk have impressive benefits for health, it also increases productivity. At the very least, using this type of desk negates the harmful effects of sitting too much. Reducing sedentary time can improve physical, metabolic and even mental health. This is why sitting less and standing more is such an important lifestyle change.

If you plan to start using a standing desk, it's recommended you split your time 50-50 between standing and sitting. The best way to reduce sitting-related issues is to stand up (between 2–4 hours during the working day). This is done best by mixing up standing, sitting and walking as much as possible.

Here are 7 benefits of using a standing desk, that are supported by science

  1. Standing Lowers Your Risk of Weight Gain and Obesity. While exercise is the most effective way to burn calories quickly, simply choosing to stand instead of sitting is also beneficial. When compared to sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. insert_link
  2. Using a Standing Desk Lowers Blood Sugar Levels. This is especially true for those with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. In a small study, standing after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting for the same amount of time. insert_link
  3. Standing May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease. Prolonged sedentary increases the risk of heart disease by up to 147%. insert_link
  4. Standing Desks Appear to Reduce Back Pain. In several studies on employees with long-term back pain, participants have reported up to a 32% improvement in lower back pain after several weeks of using standing desks. insert_link
  5. Standing Desks Help Improve Mood and Energy Levels. In one 7-week study, participants using standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who remained seated. Additionally, 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigour and energy levels. insert_link
  6. Standing Desks May Boost Productivity. Considering that standing improves mood and energy as well, using a standing desk is more likely to boost productivity rather than hinder it. insert_link
  7. Standing More May Help You Live Longer. In fact, a review of 18 studies found those who sit the most are at a 49% greater risk of dying early than those who sit the least. insert_link