Standing desks are a great way to keep moving while you work, but what is a standing desk? Why should you buy one and what are the health benefits of owning a standing desk? We’ll answer all the questions here today!
Before answering the “what”, we should first answer why a standing desk is better? Standing while working is much better than sitting. As far as the health effects from sitting, numerous studies all reached the same conclusion: prolonged sitting increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of cancers. Reducing the amount of time you are sitting greatly increases your health! So let’s give it a try with a standing desk.
What is a Standing Desk?
One reason sitting causes the mentioned health issues is that while sitting, you are burning very few calories, but you probably are not reducing your calorie intake. So over time, you are going to gain weight due to consuming more calories than your body needs at the time.
If your work ties you to a desk, a standing desk can be the answer. A standing desk is a flat platform on legs that allows you to work standing up.
Here are a couple things to look for in a standing desk.
- The work surface or computer keyboard to be level with your hands when your forearms are parallel with the floor.
- The monitor should be even with your eyes, so you don’t have to bend your head down to look at it.
There are standing desks for people who use laptops. A lot of times they will type on the laptop, but have an external monitor at eye level. Alternately, you could use the monitor of your laptop and have an external keyboard at work surface height.
Because of the difference in height of people, most standing desks come with adjustable legs or work surfaces. Most of the better standing desks move up and down electrically while the less expensive ones adjust manually.
Add a standing mat to take the pressure off of your feet and back.
Some people like to occasionally sit and they choose to have a high-legged stool to sit on. Choose what works best for you in your work environment.
Having a standing desk is not so much about standing, but that it is easier to move around while working. Of course the ultimate in standing desks is one that also comes with a walking treadmill. This allows you to both work and easily walk at the same time. Many employees are buying these for their offices since it is ergonomically ethical as far as taking care of employees.
Check out more tips on how to reduce the time you spend sitting down!