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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…

Teachers to Students: Stand Up and Fidget

Were you told to sit down and stay still in school?  If you were scolded for moving around, you might wish you were a student today.

Standing at School

6th grade students at Marine Elementary School, MN. Photo: Ben Garvin for The New York Times

Good for Learning

Schools in at least 19 states are trying standing desks. Teachers are finding that children stay more engaged and alert if they have the option to stand during class. (Add swinging foot rests and kids have an outlet for all their restless leg energy, too.) Teachers are certain that standing desks work. They say the desks allow children to burn up their extra energy so they can focus on their schoolwork.

Marine Elementary School outside of Minneapolis was one of the first schools to use standing desks. The principal, Lynn Bormann, is convinced that by encouraging movement the desks are good for children. She says fewer referrals to the office and fewer sick days show that the desks are making a difference. 1 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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Standing Desks: 4 Great Benefits Beyond Health

If living a longer, healthier life isn’t enough of a reason to sit less, here are more benefits of a standing desk – benefits that go way beyond the medical.

The comments that follow come from the source. They are not from researchers or manufacturers, but from the experiences of people who actually use standing desks.

The Joy of Standing

Photo: jonny goldstein

Let’s look at what the happy converts have to say about standing while they work. Continue Reading…

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…

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