Which one do you think is better, standing or sitting while working? We all know sitting for too long at work can have a negative effect for our health. People who sit with poor posture put their health at risk. At the end of the day, our body would be stiff, our hips would ache because of how long we sit. The negative effect of long hours of sitting can cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease and shorter life. Working with standing desks fight these risks.
1. Reduce Risk of Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Problems.
Sitting too long is connected with reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose in your bloodstream, it’s called a metabolic syndrome that increases the chance of Type 2 Diabetes. For people who spend more time standing, their blood sugar returns to normal faster after eating than people who sits longer. The amount of time of sitting could be a more important risk factor than the amount of time spent exercising.
2. Reduce Risk of Obesity
Weight gain is caused by having more calories than your burn. Long periods of sitting may results of slower metabolism and increase fat accumulation. By standing up, we burn calories faster. Obviously, this is not to replace the needs of exercising, but rather an addition to keep an active lifestyle.
3. Reduced Risk of Cancer
Another terrifying effect of sitting too long is higher risk of cancer. Breast cancer is most influenced by physical activity, lung cancer and also prostate cancer. Lack of physical activity may increase the risk of breast and colon cancer. Ovarian cancer, lung cancer are related to excessive sitting.
4. Reduce Back Pain
Research on 2011 found that participants who stands for 66 minutes standing during work day have 54% reduction in upper back and neck pain. People who use standing desk didn’t feel that much shoulder and back pain.
5. Improve Mood and Gain Energy
Working while standing can improve your mood and gain energy, based on the research on 2011, the participants reported their mood improved during work while standing. Spending a lot of time sitting may increase the risk of anxiety and depression because they don’t move around.
6. Increase Productivity
Working on a stand up desk can boost your productivity because it improves your mood and lift your energy, reduce neck and back pain, most likely it can improve your productivity and mental alertness during working. Your body can function effectively because your body is in better shape. It’s highly expected that this would have a positive effect, which is your productivity is increased. A study on 2016 found that employees with standing desks were almost 50% more productive than other employees who sat in the office.
One last fact, increased standing time can lower risk of dying early and it may help us live longer. Standing during work as much as possible has a lot of benefits that won’t cost any time or money. It’s good for our health, strengthen our bone and keep doctors away. If you plan to start using a new furniture, like a standing desk, split your time to 50-50 between standing and sitting. It may take some time for you to adjust to new routine, but don’t knock it ‘til you try it.
- Pronk NP, Katz AS, Lowry M, Payfer JR. Reducing Occupational Sitting Time and Improving Worker Health: The Take-a-Stand Project, 2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110323. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd9.110323.
- Gregory Garrett, Mark Benden, Ranjana Mehta, Adam Pickens, Camille Peres, Hongwei Zhao. Call Center Productivity Over 6 Months Following a Standing Desk Intervention. IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2016; 00 DOI: 10.1080/21577323.2016.1183534