Why Are Sit-Stand Desks Important?

In the US alone, 80+ Million deskbound workers spend an average of 75% of their day (6.3 hours) at their desk. Multi-tasking is the answer to this issue. A sit-stand desk gives employees the chance to stand while still being able to work. This way, workers get an opportunity to incorporate the healthy movement that reduces physical and mental fatigue without falling behind on productivity.

How Do They Help Productivity?

Research from the Center For Ergonomic Research at Miami University, proves that standing while working increases productivity through a reduction in work break time; through fewer and shorter breaks throughout the day.  Analysis demonstrated that standing while working (stand-up working breaks from sitting) can substitute for the traditional work break (away from the work area). Non-Standing participants took an average of 47% more work breaks than the Standing desk users and the average duration of each work break was 56% longer.

Research from the JOEN shows that the more health risks employees face, the less productive they are in the workplace. Employers simply can’t afford to not invest in worker well-being. Because of this, integrating sit-stand desks in the office is an effective business decision.

How Do They Help Health?

Between driving, watching TV and working in an office, it seems people can’t escape the seated position. Without change, the population will face the negative health consequences of this sedentary lifestyle.

According to research from the Annals of Internal Medicine, sitting all day increases one’s chance of developing deadly diseases. This includes conditions like cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes. This trend proves true even if someone exercises, though participating in physical activity lowers the risk for sedentary-related health problems.

Even more concerning is the short amount of time it takes for the unfortunate effects of sitting to set in. Data from the Mayo Clinic noted that remaining sedentary for only two hours a day leads to a 50% greater risk for mortality. This duration is also linked to a 125% increased risk for cardiovascular events like heart attacks and chest pain.

The only way to totally eliminate the chances of developing deadly diseases from sitting is to avoid this position for long periods of time. Of course, this adjustment is challenging for those who work office jobs, but it’s possible with the use of sit-stand desks. Beyond avoiding the negative health consequences of sitting, standing at one’s desk can lead to more energy and reduced back pain. Specifically, participants in a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine who alternated sitting and standing every 30 minutes experienced these benefits while still remaining productive on the job.

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