Benefits of a Standing Desk
When you sit for long periods, a variety of negative changes occur in your body. Your brain activity and your alertness decline. Your spine and your muscles compress. Your blood pressure rises and your calorie burning slows down to about one calorie a minute.
Burns more calories
Standing burns way more calories than sitting because you’re using more muscles in the process of standing. If you’re at your desk for eight hours a day or even more for gamers and YouTubers, you could be burning hundreds of more calories every single day, which means you can eat more or get leaner.
The cool thing about this is, that when you’re standing and you’re waiting on a video to load, a file to transfer or whatever, you actually will tend to move around even more, getting that blood flow and even burning more calories.
Long term health benefits
Many studies show that standing up even just a little bit more than we do every day, can make a huge difference in health outcomes and overall quality of life. Standing has many different health benefits such as lowering the chances for obesity, heart disease and even decreasing back pain if done properly.
Other benefits of using a standing desk are an increase in your focus, alertness and activity level. It also helps fight off naturally occurring slumps and bouts of fatigue that happened mid morning or early afternoon, like that two o’clock feeling.
These bouts of fatigue are often related to metabolic drops after meals are processed by the body. Staying active by standing, helps keep your blood sugar up to avoid these bouts of fatigue.
Helps maintain correct posture
Standing is better for you in terms of your hips, your back, your neck, and your shoulders as they are in a better position and it’s easier to maintain a neutral spine.
By being upright, changing your posture, spending more time standing, and moving around doing light activity, it seems to have an impact on how people feel and reduces the risk factors of chronic diseases.
Frequent postural change appears to be most beneficial for musculoskeletal health, metabolic health and brain health.
Changing your working position regularly helps prevent back problems, increases blood circulation, and oxygen absorption.
If you have an existing back problem, then standing at a high desk for parts of your day, rather than sitting at a standard desk all day, can offer great relief and aid the recovery process when back pain occurs.
Height adjustable standup desks are best suited if the same workstation is shared by multiple people of various heights. Each person can adjust their desk according to specific needs. This is particularly beneficial to those of taller stature to prevent stooping.