There are many career choices that include a sitting desk job, looking at a computer screen and answering the telephone on a daily basis. But sitting is not the most beneficial for the human body. Those who constantly sit have a higher chance of contracting diabetes and heart disease, as well as weight gain and obesity. But there is another option than sitting all day to complete daily office tasks.
Sit to Stand Desks (or height adjustable work surfaces) are becoming more and more popular, as they allow office workers to stand and stretch sore limbs instead of staying in a hunched up position for eight hours a day. For those that aren’t aware, sit to stand desks are simply desks that allows for work to be completed while the user is standing. The desks are even being made to be height-adjustable, so they can be lowered and heightened for anyone that uses them. They are easy to use and while standing to work may not be the most appealing, it’s healthier in the long run to stand.
For those that are trying to lose weight, sitting can be the worst choice to make. Weight gain is caused when more calories are consumed than what the body is burning. Although the body burns calories no matter the action the body is taking, standing burns more calories than sitting.
Exercise is the most beneficial when trying to lose weight, but even just standing allows the body to burn more calories than sitting. Also, after eating, such as lunch or a snack, standing helps digestion of food better than being in a sitting position. Because of this, blood sugar levels aren’t quite as high for those that choose to stand after a meal. Standing allows the metabolism in the body to work harder, burning the food that was just eaten and using it for energy that the body needs to work properly.
Sedentary actions have been linked to an increased risk of depression and anxiety. When exercising, endorphins are released into the brain, but what people don’t realize is standing has the same effect. Using sit to stand desks is better on mental health as it allows the brain to release the necessary chemicals to remain in good mental health.
Standing has been known to reduce neck and back pain, which many people suffer from. Sitting hunched over in a chair only increases neck and back pain. Laying flat on one’s back can reduce the pain that is felt in the neck and back, but just standing straight can be helpful, too. Standing keeps the back straight and with height-adjustable desks, there should be no craning of the neck to look at a computer screen while working.
Everyone likes to sit and relax with their feet propped up after a long day of work, but when the work consists of sitting, that’s the last thing that should be done. Limiting the amount of time that one sits can make improvements both physically and mentally on the human body. Sit to stand desks have quite a few benefits to the human body, which is why it’s become so popular in not just professional office settings, but personal office settings as well.
Need more tips on how to implement sit to stand desks into your workplace? Our parent company, BOS provides quality office furniture to many different companies in the Chicagoland area and beyond. The experts at BOS understand the benefits employee wellness can bring to a company. Check out this video on Tips and Tricks for Sit to Stand desks: