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

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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…

Successful Approaches to Introducing Ergonomics in the Workplace

“Ergonomics” is the safety and health buzzword in 21st century workplaces. In its broadest sense, ergonomics involves the interaction of the worker with the work. Given that ergonomics focuses on workers and their work environment, it makes sense that introducing ergonomics into a workplace is most successful when workers are involved in the process.

Participatory Ergonomics

Photo: Applied Ergonomics

Participatory Ergonomics

The Ontario Safety and Health Association for Community and Health (OSACH) encourages a participatory approach that actively involves the people directly affected by the ergonomic hazards, that is, the workers. Too often organizations turn ergonomics over to specialists and leave workers out of the process. According to OSACH, the success of an ergonomics programs depends on the level of involvement of workers. 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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Pedal Power: Bike Desks

For some merely standing at work isn’t breakthrough enough; they must be working out while at work to fully enjoy their desk. There’s of course the famous treadmill-desk combos but there are – of course! – also bike desks.

Recently Belgian company WeWatt introduced their WeBike, a hybrid bicycle desk that converts the energy of pedaling into electricity for one’s workstation devices. Each desk bicycle comes with a built-in WiFi hotspot and 110 Volt socket. Here’s a video of it…

The WeBike is partly made of recycled material and multiple units can be configured into group workspaces or meeting tables. A round table with three seats costs 9,950 euros, or about $12,725.

For something similar but a bit more affordable and portable, there’s also the FitDesk X Compact Pedal Desk. It’s a simple, quiet, tension-adjustable fold-up cycle with a laptop perch. Perfect for shedding a few pounds while click-clacking away at the keyboard.

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