According to a 2017 survey conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management, standing desks are now the fastest growing employee benefit. While they were only provided by 13 percent of employers in 2013, by 2017 that number jumped to 44 percent.
A 2014 study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that providing employees with adjustable desks reduced sedentary time by more than three hours per week. Another study found that call center office employees with adjustable desks were almost 50 percent more productive than their colleagues without them.
Unfortunately, these desks are not without certain negatives. The following are some common mistakes that people using adjustable desks often make.
Standing all day actually creates its own set of risks. It can compress the spine and eventually lead to lower back problems, boost your risk for varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, and other cardiovascular issues as the body has to work against gravity to keep blood flowing from top to bottom.
A 2017 study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who stood on the job had double the risk of heart disease over about a 12-year period when compared with those who primarily sat. When it comes down to it, it is just better to switch it up.
In the same way that standing all day can contribute to additional risks, so can sitting all day. Remaining in any static position can negatively contribute to issues with the body. Our bodies were not designed to be still, but rather to continuously move. Even the slightest amount of fidgeting can make a positive difference.
There are certain things that are just done better when sitting than when standing. For example, there is a reason that we remain seated when we drive an automobile and why we sound better standing while we sing. Our brains perform some tasks better sitting down and some tasks better standing.
If you have a job that requires longer periods of concentration, it makes sense to avoid alerts that tell you when to sit and when to stand.
According to a 2017 analysis of 44 studies conducted in the journal Circulation, standing for six hours a day instead of sitting burns about 50 calories. Keeping in mind that an apple is about 100 calories, you can imagine how easy it is to overcompensate.
It is important to keep in mind the reason for purchasing a standing desk to begin with: standing. While you can find some nice desks for little money, standing by itself is free. It may be a good idea to try just standing up from time to time during your work day before investing in a costly adjustable desk.
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