Pros and Cons of Standing Desks

A Look the Into Pros and Cons of Standing Desks and How to Make Them Work for You

Standing desks have become increasingly popular in the workplace. Many studies have shown that standing desks are healthier than sitting desks. However, new research is showing that standing desks may be just as bad as sitting desks. See below for a look into the pros and cons and what option may be best for you.

PROS

  1. Standing desks have been shown to prevent weight gain. By standing all day, you are burning more calories than you would be by sitting.
  2. Sitting all day can lead to back pain, by standing at your desk, that back pain is alleviated.
  3. Many people have reported greater energy while using standing desks.

CONS

  1. Standing for long periods of the day can lead to discomfort, especially in the legs.
  2. Researchers have found that standing desks can lead to a decrease in user focus.
  3. An Australian study in Journal Ergonomics found that users’ reaction times and mental states “deteriorated” over the course of the experiment.

As you can see, both standing and sitting desks have their drawbacks. So what is the best solution for you? Research suggests that users alternate between sitting, standing and walking throughout the day. A study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology found that walking for two minutes every hour throughout the day can improve your health significantly. Whether you prefer to sit or stand at your desk, the key is moderation. No prolonged position is healthy for you, so make sure to take a break and walk around the office.

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