The Benefits Of Standing In The Workplace
August 21, 2019
The use of standing desks in the workspace is becoming more popular, and there has been an ongoing debate on whether they really help promote a healthier lifestyle among office workers.
Although many studies have been conducted, there is still no definitive evidence that standing is more beneficial to health than sitting. However, many studies point out that sitting for long hours can be detrimental to the health and that it can be linked to obesity, heart disease and a shorter life. Studies conducted on standing point out the benefits it has on health, productivity and posture.
Lower risk of weight gain and obesity
In a 2016 survey, more than 44% of employees asked said they had gained weight in their current jobs. Fifty-three per cent of those felt that sitting at their desks most of the day contributed to this weight gain.
Standing burns an additional 50 calories per hour compared to sitting. One study also said that standing helps reactivate a fat-burning enzyme in the body called LPL, which becomes inactive when sitting down for long hours.
In addition, standing can act as a good subtle workout because it engages your core muscles and glutes. Adding a few movements, such as twisting and stretching, can help burn more calories and increase your endurance and power.
Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Several studies suggest that standing helps in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to a healthier heart.
An article from the Harvard Medical School also recommended standing more at the office, including a suggestion to have “standing meetings”. While this idea has yet to gain traction, it's an interesting idea, not least for the possibility that it could make meetings much more concise, shorter and even more productive.
Better blood circulation and increased productivity
Standing helps improve blood circulation that can lead to overall better body function.
Better blood circulation means more oxygen is being delivered to the brain, increasing brain function. This allows you to stay sharper and more focused on your tasks. The subtle workout you get from standing also increases your energy, helping you concentrate better on your tasks.
Multiple studies suggest that standing can help alleviate back pain, which is one of the greatest complaints of office workers. Standing can help restore the “S” shape of your spine and prevents you from craning your neck.
A 2011 study showed that even an hour of standing will help relieve the stress on your spine brought about by sitting all day.
Standing may not ultimately be the answer to breaking a sedentary, sit-all-day-at-work lifestyle, but it somewhat helps promote a more active lifestyle. Taking regular breaks from sitting at your desk and just standing and stretching can do wonders for your body.
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