No question, there is a debate about the true benefits of standing desks.(1)(2)
However, you probably remember how your body felt after watching 3 seasons of our preferred series comfortably lounging on your couch without moving (much). Correct, sedentary behaviors are not good for you. Despite the fact that it doesn’t make you feel great, you actually increased your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and much more.
On the other hand, avoiding prolonged period of sitting coupled with short and frequently light intensity movement has been shown to improve glucose and insulin levels, reduce musculoskeletal discomfort and fatigue. So the more you move, the better.
Well… if you, like me, tend to spend much time in the same position in front of a screen, behind a desk or on any other sedentary occupation, you should consider the benefits of adding motion to your day! That’s where a sit -to- stand desk can help you in changing your position regularly (3). Even better, what about combining this approach with an ergonomic uneven anti-fatigue mat, an ergonomic chair, and even, for those especially motivated, a treadmill?
What experts recommendIf you work mostly sedentary, during the time you are usually sitting, aim for 2 hours total standing and light walking a day during working hours and and aim for a total of 4 hours total standing and light walking.
You may break up static seating by
- Changing your seating position, for instance using a versatile ergonomic chair
- Using a sit-to-stand desk which gives you the option to move from a sit down to highchair seating to standing
- Taking short active standing breaks while taking a call or going for a glass of water
- Change posture
- Walk for a few minutes
- Consider resting, including sitting down again.
Active chairs and sit-to-stand desks may not guarantee you losing weight or live longer, however based my research and own experience, I can attest that since I implemented those changes, I reduced my back pain as I have become more aware of my posture, and as a result, I feel more energized which in turn helps boost my work productivity.
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Bailey DP, Locke CD. Breaking up prolonged sitting with light-intensity walking improves postprandial glycemia, but breaking up sitting with standing does not. J Sci Med Sport 2015;18:294–8.
Buckley JP, Hedge A, Yates T, et al The sedentary office: an expert statement on the growing case for change towards better health and productivity British Journal of Sports Medicine 2015;49:1357-1362.
Robert H. Shmerling, MD Faculty Editor The truth behind standing desks, Harvard Health Publishing