Components Company has provided options for stand-up desks for our employees’ work spaces. There are many benefits to using stand-up desks.
What is a stand-up desk?
A stand-up desk is any organization of workplace furniture that allows an employee to perform their job while being upright (standing). Some stand-up desks are made to be versatile and can be lowered to be used as a regular sit-down desk.
What are the benefits of a stand-up desk?
There have been many studies about the benefits of stand-up desks. Here are some of the findings:
- Decrease in risk of weight gain and obesity. Very simply, people burn more calories standing rather than sitting. Studies show that you can burn 50 extra calories an hour by standing.
- Reduce back and neck pain. When you sit at a desk, you tend to lean toward your computer or desktop. It’s more difficult to maintain good posture when you’re sitting at a desk for eight hours. However when you are standing, your posture tends to be straighter. You’re also more likely to move around more when standing rather than sitting which can help lower the risk for back and neck pain caused by stiffness.
- Lower blood sugar levels. It’s well-known that blood sugar levels increase after you eat; but people who have large blood sugar spikes may be susceptible to type 2 diabetes. One study showed that people who stood for several hours after lunch had 43% lower blood sugar levels than people who sat after lunch.
- Lower risk of heart disease. We all know that physical activity can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Standing can too. A study conducted in London back in the late 1940s monitored bus and tram drivers for several years. Those who stood for their jobs had a lower rate of heart disease.
- Boost productivity. When your body is in better shape, your mind performs better. Studies have shown that employees who use stand-up desks tend to be more efficient, productive and energetic. Now there’s a benefit both employees and employers an get behind.
Should you try a stand-up desk? How do you get started?
Stand-up desks aren’t for everyone. Obviously if you have leg or feet issues, a stand-up desk would not be ideal. Also, too much of anything can be a bad thing. People who stand all day can develop leg and feet issues.
Before you spend hundreds of dollars on a stand-up desk, try adding a small adjustable shelf to the top of your desk and work from there for a few days. See how your body and mind responds. Then if you’re ready for the real thing, invest in a true stand-up desk. Remember to consider the versatile ones that allow you to sit or stand!