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The Benefits of a Standing Desk
Standing desks aren’t just a fad or a placebo. There are real and tangible benefits to getting up on our feet throughout the day. After all, it’s not like humans evolved either physically or mentally to be sitting at a desk hunched over a keyboard all day!
In this blog, we’ll outline some of the most positive benefits of a standing desk that you’ll notice when you make the change. If you are interested, take a look at the selection of robust and adjustable sit-stand desks we have at Ergo.
The recipe to lose weight isn’t complicated – you need to burn more calories than you take in. Simple, right? Well, desk jobs don’t make it easy, as sitting down from 9-5 is hardly the most active way to spend your day.
Surprisingly, standing up can make a significant difference in terms of how many calories you burn. In fact, standing for an afternoon has been shown to burn around roughly 170 additional calories, which is 850 calories over a working week.
Considering you burn around 600 calories in a 10k run, this simple change could really make an impact.
Reducing Back Pain
One of the most harmful repercussions of sitting at a desk all day can be chronic back pain, so common in office workers. Thankfully, multiple studies have shown that switching to a sit-stand desk can reduce back pain by over 30%.
However, that’s not all – it also happens quickly. One study showed that within just four weeks, users of an adjustable standing desk started to notice improvements. And if that wasn’t enough, only two weeks after removal of the desk, their pain started to worsen.
If you’re suffering from back pain, getting off your chair may well be the answer.
One surprising benefit of a standing desk is increased productivity. While this might seem counter-intuitive, as typing, writing, and other office tasks seem to lend themselves to sitting down, quite the opposite happens.
While it is true that a standing desk can take a little bit of getting used to, there is a growing amount of evidence that the simple act of standing up can help to increase focus, productivity, and ultimately, your output.
However, our next benefit might offer more insight as to why productivity increases.
Improved Energy Levels
In a study on the effects of standing desks on energy levels, just under 9 in 10 participants who were given a standing desk reported that their vigour improved when they switched to a standing desk. This could be a key reason as to why productivity and output increase too – perhaps this is vital for getting over the dreaded afternoon crash.
Once again, this claim might seem unrealistic. After all, didn’t we say at the start of this article that you burned more calories while standing up? Well, there is more to your energy levels than the number of calories you are physically burning; your mood also has a significant impact, another thing that users report to improve dramatically after switching to a standing desk.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
And there we have it, four simple but effective reasons as to why a standing desk can improve your working day exponentially in terms of health and output.
Now, of course, standing all day isn’t a realistic option for everyone either. Sometimes you just need a break, and for others, the change of position is vital in terms of keeping your working day dynamic and productive. This is why all of our desks are fully adjustable so that you are in full control.
Would you like to find out more? Have a browse through our website and revolutionise the way that you approach your working day.