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How Switching to Standing Desks Benefits Society

A personal decision to switch from using a traditional sitting desk to a standing desk is often brought about by an individual’s concern for health after learning about the dangers of prolonged sitting.  As more and more people are appreciating the advantages of using a standing desk one can foresee how the switch can become a simple yet significant lifestyle change that can affect public health.

Venmo Standers

Employees at Venmo standing on the job. Photo: Shreyans Bhansali

Sitting Less Can Improve Health

A recent study showed that desk workers typically spend about 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at work, and are also more likely to sit outside of work. Furthermore, about 70 percent of employees who answered a survey did not meet recommended guidelines for physical activity. It is not surprising therefore, that a positive correlation was found between their body fat composition and sitting time at work. Continue Reading…

The Ergonomics of Office Work: 10 Ways to Improve Your Workspace for Body Health

Long hours of repetitive work and sitting on a computer workstation can take a strain in many parts of the body including the back, the arms, the shoulders, the neck and the legs. You may experience different types of pains, including headaches, eye strain, back aches, leg pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. These may result in decreased productivity and even absenteeism, and can increase work related medical costs. Here are some ways to improve your workspace to maintain body health.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices, including furniture that fit the human body and its movements to achieve health and productivity. Proper ergonomic design is important to prevent repetitive strain which can develop over time and can lead to injury and long-term disability.

A properly designed workstation promotes proper posture, reduces strain and prevents injury. But promoting health also entails an individual’s work related habits that involve proper movement, re-adjustment of position and movements to achieve comfort and prevent prolonged stress on a body part.

Ergonomic Positions

Ideal ergonomic positions. Image: UNC Safety Newsletter

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Getting Used to Standing Desks and Reaping the Benefits

If you have a 9-5 desk job, whether at home or in the office, you may be suffering from the “sitting disease.” Many people spend at least 40-50 hours a week sitting in front of a computer, a TV, or commuting to work, not realizing they are at risk for chronic disease. But thankfully, a few have already switched to using a standing desk that allows them to change their sedentary lifestyle to a healthier one.

Gina Trapani's standing desk

Lifehacker founding editor Gina Trapani switched to this standing desk set-up. Source: smarterware.org.

Why People are Switching to Standing Desks

Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase one’s risk of having heart disease and diabetes, hence the name, “sitting disease”. This is known to occur, even if people go to the gym or do some exercise a few hours a week. The fact that one spends a lot of time continuously sitting in a day is enough to cause an imbalance in calorie expenditure and increase biomarkers like cholesterol and blood sugar. This is why some people have switched to a healthier way of doing their usual desk job – standing, instead of sitting. Continue Reading…

Desk Work Increases Your Risk for the Sitting Disease

Can sitting down for long periods be considered a health risk? That would put millions of office workers, call center agents, gamers and people who spend lots of time in front of the TV at risk for the “sitting disease,” a newly recognized entity that is plaguing many people.

Sitting Too Much

Milton Waddams from Office Space probably sat tto much.

What is the Sitting Disease?

Although there is no medical term of this sort, ‘sitting disease’ is the new buzzword for sedentary behaviors that involve sitting for long periods of time during the day, while:

  • Doing a desk job
  • Watching TV
  • Commuting or driving to work
  • Chatting on the phone or social networking
  • Banking online, shopping, surfing the web, answering emails, etc.
  • Eating long meals, socializing or partying around a table with food and wine
  • Unwinding with a book or a magazine on a couch

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Standing Desks: 5 Reasons to Stand More

A standing desk or stand-up desk is a type of desk used for writing, reading or working while standing up or sitting on a high stool. Standing desks were popular in homes and offices during the 18th and 19th centuries, and they were custom-made to fit the height of the user. Modern desks are height adjustable, with ergonomics, to fit most people’s needs.

Happy at a new sit-stand desk

John M. enjoying his new Ergotron Workfit-S sit-stand workstation. Photo: jsmjr

Why Use a Standing Desk?

Today, more and more people are using adjustable desks to be able avoid sitting down. Here are some reasons why one should consider using a standing desk.

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