Keeping The Body Tip Top: 5 Health Benefits of Standing Desks
Many of us find ourselves sitting at our office desks for hours on end and unfortunately this can impact negatively on our health. For this reason, standing desks are becoming increasingly popular in the workplace with employers turning to the alternative option to a standard desk and the health benefits and alternative provides.
1. Reduced risk of obesity
With obesity rates on the rise in Australia, adopting a standing desk is an easy way to reduce your risk. Compared with the sedentary nature of sitting at a desk, a standing desk means you burn more calories and it also encourages more movement. Due to the extra calories you’re burning, you could burn 1,000 extra calories a week just by using a standing desk each afternoon.
2. Relief for back pain
A lot of us have experienced the discomfort that comes from back pain as the result of being stuck at our desks for hours on end. Although this may seem surprising, several studies have shown that working at a standing desk can decrease the back pain associated with sitting.
3. Lowered blood sugar
Our blood sugar raises after each meal and the higher the rise, the worse it is for our health. This is particularly this case for those with insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown people who sit for long periods of time during the day have higher sugar than those who stay more active. However, a standing desk can help lower your blood sugar and contribute to better long term health outcomes.
4. Improved cardiovascular health
Scientists have found that adults who spend two additional hours a day sitting have a 125% increase in health problems related to cardiovascular disease. Time on your feet can help negate the consequences of poor heart health which is why a standing desk may be the perfect option for you.
5. Decreased risk of cancer
Studies have shown that prolonged sitting can increase the risk of certain cancer, in particular breast cancer and colon cancer. Although there is no definitive answer as to why sitting increases the risk of cancer, standing desks can help you avoid prolonged periods of sitting while you’re at work.
For more information about how standing desks can be integrated into your workplace, speak with Interia today. Based in Perth, we provide a wide range of height-adjustable chairs and desks to businesses across Australia. Contact us today on 1300 784 816 or fill in our online enquiry form .