Benefits of Standing Desks



Standing desks have officially made the leap from "hot new trend" in office furniture to a widely accepted, proven solution. In testimonials spanning all varieties of social media and review platforms, countless real-world users rave about boosted productivity, increased focus, enhanced collaboration, and a healthier, pain-free workday.

Stand Up Desk Store has been a believer in the benefit of standing at work since the beginning. That's why virtually everything we offer is designed to help keep you moving, engaged, comfortable, and best equipped to get things done.

If you're late to this whole standing desk thing, there's no need to worry. New research keeps emerging, which has not only provided further evidence for the health benefits of standing but as offered insights that enable us to make continual product improvements that further optimize the way you can work. 

When you make a purchase at Stand Up Desk Store, you not only enjoy a great price and industry-leading customer service, you get a product designed from the ground up to deliver advantages in health, productivity, collaboration, and also cost to businesses. Here's an overview of each:

Stand Up Desk Health Benefits

A standing desk, when used daily and combined with other healthy habits, can be contributor to enhanced wellness and productivity.

Reduced Risk of Obesity & Cardiovascular Disease

According to the Mayo Clinic (1), sitting for prolonged periods can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and more. In their article, they cited a study that compared people who sat in excess of 4 hours per day to people who sat fewer than 2 hours. The study found the excess sedentary time resulted in a 125% increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks. A 2010 Australian Study (2) even suggests that for every extra hour we sit, our risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increases by 11 percent.

Reduced Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

Researchers with the American Cancer Society concluded that "...women who spend 6 hours or more of free time sitting per day have a 10% greater risk of getting cancer than women who spend less than 3 hours of free time sitting per day." (3) This included specific increases in ovarian and breast cancer. Scientific American, meanwhile, wrote that a two-hour increase in sitting translates to an 8% increased risk of colon cancer (4).

Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

An article published by NBC News (5) states that time spent not moving around causes your body to use less blood sugar. As a direct result, every two hours spent sitting each day ups the risk of type 2 diabetes by 7%.

Migration of Pain

As an expert at Standford University explains, sitting distorts the natural curve of your spine, causing certain muscle groups to support a disproportionate amount of your body weight. This can lead to a wide variety of pain and spine issues, including slipped disks (6).

Migration of Depression, Stress, & Anxiety

Psychology Today cited studies that conducted tests on thousands of workers in places like the UK and Australia (7). These showed a direct correlation between sitting for long periods and symptoms of depression, psychological distress, as well as a lower sense of well-being.

All in all, there is a wealth of research tying extended periods of sitting to diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and more. Fortunately, research also proves that blending periods of standing into your day can reverse these deadly effects. In a study conducted by the American Diabetes Association (8), researchers found that participants who alternated between sitting and standing boasted slimmer waistlines, lower BMIs, and healthier fat and blood sugar levels than those who primarily sat. Additional studies have consistently shown that standing while at work also reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease (9). Finally, standing desks, when set up utilizing proper ergonomic principles, have been shown to engage the "...postural muscles in a way that sitting cannot accomplish. While sitting, it is much easier to slouch, which creates a weak neck and back muscles. But when you are standing, it enables the neck, back, and hip muscles to activate, thereby preventing the muscles from weakening" (10).

Dr. Shannon Dawkins
Learn how this busy mobile veterinarian reduces back pain by using a standing desk in her office

Stand Up Desk Productivity Benefits

The elation a triathlete feels at the end of a hard race isn't just satisfaction for a job well done. There are also a number of powerful physiological factors that also occur - the same factors a worker can enjoy when standing. For example, endorphin levels rise when a person is active, causing a feeling of alertness, a reduction in stress, as well as more ambition to take on difficult projects. Because standing triples energy expenditure (11) as compared with sitting, it also regulates cortisol levels, a stress hormone that increases with inactivity and has links to depression and decreased energy. Finally, standing promotes greater blood flow, which in turn stimulates brain activity. This translates to a boost of energy that can lead to a more productive - and satisfying - workday.

Stand Up Desk Benefits for Business

The risks of "sitting disease" not only affect the quality of life of individuals but are potentially costly to organizations as well.

Specifically, sitting and other sedentary behaviors have been shown to significantly affect the number of sick days taken (13), plus health insurance and worker's compensation claims. In recent years, these have translated to an estimated $576 billion in costs (14). In addition, chair-bound, sedentary workers are often less energetic, have difficulty focusing, and possess a less-positive outlook than their active coworkers.

Stand Up Desk Benefits for Education

Stand Up Desks enhance learning environments in all the same ways they improve workplaces. In a two-year study conducted in a Texas school district, students using standing desks showed a 3% decrease in BMI while their sitting counterparts saw a 2% increase (15). Other research links sedentary activity and symptoms of ADHD (16). This is something that standing while learning can help mitigate.

In addition, student standing student desks are typically designed to quickly transition between sitting and standing. They are also often designed to be mobile so they can easily be moved from rows to clusters and more for seamless room transitions between activities.

Lied Middle School
This STEM academy, located in Las Vegas, got their students and teachers up and moving with SUDS Standing Desks

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