Stand or Sit?
Additionally you see improvements in a lot of other areas. Using a standing desk benefits your health dramatically. When sitting for long periods of time you suffer from a lot of metabolic problems, you don't produce chemicals necessary for processing sugars and fats and your circulation suffers. Your skeleton and muscles form a reactive frame for your body. It wants to move and respond to outside forces. Additionally your muscles need to regularly flex to support healthy functions and chemical production.
Standing allows your body to adjust and move easily flexing your muscles continuously. It also keeps your blood circulating well. All this keeps your blood sugar better regulated and keeps your blood pressure lower. And it lets you live longer.
Sitting increases your chances for developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and blood clots or thrombosis. Studies have shown some dramatic effects of sitting for long periods of time. Those who sit a lot are 54% more likely to have a heart attack. Men who sit more than 6 hours a day have a 20% higher mortality rate. Women have a 40% higher mortality rate. If you sit for
Another benefit of a standing desk is that you burn more calories throughout the day. That will help with weight loss or maintain a healthy weight. Standing while working will burn a third more calories than sitting will. For someone my size that accounts for more than 500 calories burned in a day.
There is anecdotal and scientific evidence to show that standing while working will alleviate back pain and other repetitive stress injuries. The problem usually comes from not using your back enough. When you sit you don't hold your upper body with your muscles, you let the chair hold you.
This leads to a lot of compression within the chest and abdominal cavities, slouching of the shoulders and rolling of the spine. These are classic causes for repetitive stress injuries and back pain. Working at a standing desk will keep your core and back muscles engaged throughout the day and improve your posture.
Another benefit of a standing desk is an increase in your focus, alertness and activity level. These all support each other. When standing it is easier to release restless energy. Combine that with the good circulation, stable blood sugar and an active metabolism and it is easier to focus on the task at hand. Many authors and statesmen throughout the centuries who swear by working at a standing desk have claimed that it helps get the creative juices flowing. It also fights fatigue and improves tiredness.
That may sound like a contradiction, but it is not. Standing while working helps fight off the naturally occurring slumps and bouts of fatigue that often happen mid morning or early afternoon. Those are often related to metabolic drops after meals are processed by the body. Keeping your blood sugar level helps avoid those. And staying active and releasing restless energy gives you a satisfying tiredness when it is time to sleep. Your mind isn't racing and your body is ready to rest.
There are many benefits of a standing desk. It improves your ergonomics, your health, your focus, your mood, and your productivity.