The more modern the world gets, the more we spend time sitting. We sit when we watch TV, we sit when we drive, we sit when we work on a computer … you get the picture. All this sitting can put a toll on our health. Studies have reported that sedentary lifestyle increases the chances of getting a disease or a condition that can even kill us prematurely, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Sitting is a major problem for office workers as they normally sit for the most part of the day. While these workers are advised to get up and take movement breaks during the day, it’s not always possible to walk away from the task at hand. In these cases, a standing desk can be a great solution to address issues linked to prolonged sitting. They come in a number of options to suit individual needs and many modern versions are adjustable to allow users to change the height and alternate between sitting and standing.
Here are a few benefits one may experience using a standing desk instead of a traditional one.
The human body is designed to move and respond to outside forces. Sitting for long periods of time is known to cause metabolic disorder. It can affect the production of chemicals necessary for processing sugars and fats, what can affect blood circulation. Furthermore, our muscles need to constantly stretch to support chemical production and healthy functions. Standing helps the body to adjust and move easily, stretching the muscles continuously and keeping the blood circulating well. Keeping the body moving also helps regulate blood sugar and maintain blood pressure and blood flow. All these together can lead to a healthier life.
Reduced Back Pain
There is scientific evidence that standing while working can alleviate back pain, a problem that usually comes from not using the back enough. Experts explain that when we sit, we don’t hold our upper body with our muscles (we let the chair hold us) and this can cause compression within the chest and abdominal cavities, slouching of the shoulders and rolling of the spine. These are the main causes of back pain. Working at a standing desk can help keep one’s core and back muscles engaged throughout the day and improve posture.
Standing desks are also known to increase an individual alertness, focus and activity level. According to experts, it is easier to release stress energy while standing. Combine that with the stable blood sugar, good circulation, and an active metabolism and it gets easier to understand why one can be more efficient on the task at hand.