As long as most people can remember, office work and desk jobs have been synonymous with sitting all day. This might not seem like that big of a deal, especially for someone who is putting in eight to nine hours of manual labor all day long. What’s more relaxing than sitting down all day in a controlled environment? You’d be surprised at just how painful it can be, especially when you aren’t maintaining proper posture. Sitting at a desk hunched over a computer screen for long hours all day can cause back pains, neck issues, and tight shoulders that will only lead to other potential issues. Luckily, there are now products that can help with this and improve your entire work experience. One of these items is the standing desk. Want to learn more?
Burn More Calories
One of the worst things about working in an office environment is, you are limited to the amount of exercise you can get during a workday. When you are out there in the sun putting in manual labor, you don’t have to worry about exercising much because you are getting your exercise in while working. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said when you are sitting at a desk for a long period of time. Luckily, that is something you can change with a standing desk.
Even though you’ve been sitting for eight hours a day, it can still be hard to find the motivation to go home and exercise. Well, this is something you won’t have to worry about with a standing desk because you can turn your workday into a workout. A recent 2014 study found that employees can expend as much a 174 calories in a single afternoon by standing at their workstations. Throw in some movement and motion and you’ll likely end up burning twice as many calories. Now you don’t have to feel so guilty about having that extra piece of pizza at lunch,
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Not only is obesity a leading cause of unhealthy working conditions these days, but high blood sugar levels are becoming just as problematic. An electric standing desk could potentially change this. A small study produced in 2016 showed that replacing some sitting time with standing went a long way to reducing the average blood sugar level in obese people. Regardless of the situation and your current health conditions, this is something that you cannot overlook.
Promote Good Spine Health
A standing desk will not only do wonders for blood sugar levels, but it could potentially eliminate some of that stress you place on your spine when sitting for long periods of time. It was Kelly Greacen, a physiotherapist at spine health movement specialists Ten Health & Fitness that said when you are standing with the correct posture and even-weight-bearing on both feet, your spine will be placed in a neutral position, as opposed to the slouched position that you’d be in when sitting.
The reason for this is that even with the perfect desk set-up, you will still grow more and more tired as the day goes on. When the happens, you’ll automatically begin to slouch. Standing can reduce this by helping you place less and less pressure on spinal discs. Not only this, but when you are standing, you have the ability to tap into other muscles. You can use your legs and arms a bit more. It’s a great workout all around.
Improve Your Productivity
Of all the important things in the workplace these days, there isn’t much more important than productivity. With the number of other providers available, consumers can turn to just about any other company to have their needs served. Luckily, a standing desk is something that can help you and your employees enhance productivity. This is something that is backed by an actual study. A study that was published in the British Medical Journal. The study discovered that office workers who were given height-adjustable workstations felt more productive and engaged with their work. In addition to all this, there were fewer reported levels of anxiety, fatigue, and back pain.
These are all things that could go a long way to contributing to a better and more productive workplace.
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