Stand Up! To Improve Workplace Health, Mood, Energy, And Productivity

Stand Up!  To Improves Workplace Health, Mood, Energy, And Productivity

When it comes to the benefits of using a sit-stand desk, the science is in.

Dozens of peer-reviewed studies demonstrate the significant health benefits of changing positions, and the positive effect that movement (blood flow, etc.) has on our overall physical comfort and health. For example, a 2011 study by the Centers for Disease Control noted a 54 percent decrease in musculoskeletal pain among workers who alternated from sitting to standing throughout the day. Similarly, a 2014 study by the University of Cincinnati reported significant decreases in shoulder and back pain when participants varied their postures.

Periodic standing reduces the risk of a host of problems

Including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic disorder, and even some cancers. When we sit too long, everything in our bodies slows down. It’s harder to clear fats from blood, to process insulin, to keep muscles active and spines flexible, leading to soreness and possible organ damage. Even our mental functions slow because we’re not moving enough to pump much blood to the brain.

Periodic Standing, more effective than a workout?

Periodic standing allows for movement that alleviates all these problems and helps prevent the diseases associated with them. In fact, according to a 2013 study by the University of Leicester, reducing overall sedentary time is more important than incorporating vigorous exercise in preventing diabetes. This finding was repeated in a 2007 study by the University of Missouri, which also included obesity, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease among the diseases that can be improved and prevented with regular, small movement throughout the day. You are better off moving throughout the day than you are going to the gym for one big workout.

Why are Standing Desks so critical?

With more than 25% of the U.S. population being Most people’s daily work routines probably already bear this out. When your back is sore, you move to a new position. When you’re tired, you get up and walk around the office. When you’re stiff from sitting, you stand up and stretch. When you’re trying to come up with an idea or solve a problem, you move around. A sit-stand desk just makes it easier, faster, and more convenient. It also increases your productivity because you’re still at your desk as you move up and down. There’s research to back this up as well. A Washington University study shows that standing while working improves collaboration and encourages creativity. And a 2004 Cornell study reported that 82 percent of participants indicated a preference for height-adjustable desks over fixed work surfaces, finding that they decreased pain and increased productivity. It may seem counterintuitive, but standing while you work and incorporating subtle movement increases your energy, since it improves blood flow and brain activity. Top companies like Google, Facebook, and Exxon give standing desks to their employees, not just because they’re concerned about their workers’ health, but because they also know they foster improved performance.

Sit less, live longer

Lots of us have heard Sitting is the New Smoking but few know why that is true — More people die from inactivity (5.3 million) each year in America than from smoking (5.0 million). Additionally, A recent study in BMJ Open found if people restricted their sitting time to fewer than three hours each day, they could add an extra two years onto their life expectancy.

Shifting the focus to employees — Welcoming proactive workplace wellness

Employees used to be treated as somewhat disposable if they were injured. There was little regard for safety, much less ergonomics.  Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since that time. We also understand now that ergonomics is a true science. In a sedentary office environment, constant computer, tablet and phone use is dangerous to health. Our bodies are just not built to endure these postures and this lack of movement for hours on end. Now that we better understand the science behind how our bodies work, we’ve been able to come up with practical and easy ways to stay healthy and prevent disease, like simply alternating standing and sitting at work throughout the day. And the technology has advanced far enough that we can build standing desks that are reliable, easy to use, and affordable.

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