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Pros and cons of standing while working – in the office and at home
Our bodies are designed to move from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. And yet, many of us spend more time sitting than we realize.
And unfortunately, the long-term pandemic has made us even more sedentary. The whole suddenly stopped, and we were all required to stay at home. There was a time when we couldn’t even jog to conduct our daily exercise routines. This increased sedentism can have negative health effects.
There are benefits to reducing the amount of sitting while working, and there are also benefits to standing more.
Check out this list of pros and cons related to increased standing to help you stay healthy.
- Standing can help you lose a few calories and may lower your risk of obesity.
- Standing can be beneficial for lowering your blood sugar levels.
- It also helps lower the risk of heart disease.
- When working all day, we tend to lose our focus and feel tired. Standing from time to time can help you boost your energy and mood, which could contribute to your productivity.
While these benefits are great, there is always a limit to everything, and standing for too long can also lead to risk for other problems.
- You will feel leg and foot pain when standing for long periods of time because standing puts pressure on your knees, hips, and feet.
- Standing for too long may cause blood to collect in your leg veins, potentially causing varicose veins.
- While it is true that standing may help you burn some calories, it is not an alternative to exercise.
Transitioning between standing and sitting throughout your workday, combined with a height-adjustable desk, will give you great results in regard to your health.
That’s why NASA’s research suggests doing these transitions:
- Transitions between standing and sitting should be spread throughout the day.
- 32 transitions per day are advised.
- Assuming 16 hours of awake time, that’s 2 transitions to standing per hour, or once every 30 minutes.
- The current recommendation is 20 minutes of sitting followed by 10 minutes of standing.
- If you exercise for an hour in the morning or after work, but sit all day, much of the health benefits of your exercise will have been wasted.
Now that you have gained knowledge of the pros and cons of standing, consider getting a standing desk and take advantage of its many benefits, including increased productivity.
Lifedesk’s products are easy to use, comfortable, and very flexible to suite your environment. Equipped with technology and powered by the StanData app, LifeDesk SmartLegs will help you learn to use your standing desk properly and remind you to transition throughout the day.