Every New Year brings opportunity to shed regrets and set new goals for the future. For some, resolutions are around achieving career milestones, strengthening personal relationships, or overcoming fears. But many of us also resolve to improve our physical health and wellbeing. After all, the New Year comes just after the holidays - a popular time for indulging in cold-weather comfort foods, feasts around the dinner table, and cookies and sweets not just for dessert - but for anytime you walk past overflowing tins in the kitchen.
Work life (or school life) may already be hard enough, so why make it even harder by using a poorly designed desk? Traditional computer tables can be detrimental to your health and ultimately to your productivity. Especially when you're doing something that requires high concentration, you definitely need to invest in an ergonomic adjustable computer desk.
By now, you’ve probably heard that the benefits of standing desks have long been established by scientific studies. Of course, this assumes the desk is configured appropriately to the user’s height and type of work. In addition, it is ideal that the workstation also allows for a seated position.
As you’re probably aware, the use of a standup computer desk is not just an office trend anymore; several studies have already showed its health benefits including a reduced risk of obesity, certain types of cancer, lower back pain, postural problems, and anxiety and stress.
A growing number of studies have established a strong link between prolonged sitting and serious health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, systemic pain, and even premature death.
Fortunately, some companies have started offering standing desk as part of their employee’s wellness programs to offset the dangers of prolonged sitting.
Below we reveal 3 things you probably didn’t know about the health benefits of standing desks:
While several studies have tried to quantify the effects on productivity when workers use standing desks, one study stood out. Researchers at Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center School of Public Health has suggested that employees using standing desks were more productive than their colleagues in standard seated desks over a six-month period.
No employer has ever set out to make his employees' lives miserable. Well, maybe that's not true, but any company worth its weight understands the importance of a happy team.
Way back when the human body evolved to hunt big game on the savannah, nary a desk was in sight. In fact, 99.99% of human history never included sedentary office work. Yet, now we ask our bodies to do it all day, most days of the week.
When it comes to our health, everyone has made a trade-off at some point. Whether it was eating a second donut or losing sleep to your favorite show, we all find a reason to justify an unhealthy behavior every now and then.
But what if you knew more health issues will arise because you purchased the wrong desk?
Did you know that sitting for long periods of time can severely increase your chances of getting a heart attack? According to a statement published by World Health Organization and the International Society and Federation of Cardiology, physical inactivity stands as an important risk factor for developing coronary heart disease. In fact, recent studies even suggest that inactivity ranks higher than obesity, smoking, or high blood pressure in causing heart disease among individuals older than 30 years today. Without doubt, living a sedentary lifestyle has serious consequences.
Your desk is your workshop. It's where your genius flows, and that's why you need working there to feel good. If you use a standing desk, no doubt the promise of feeling good and experiencing multiple health benefits influenced your decision. While avoiding too much time on your tukhus is a win for good health no matter how you manage it, there's more to using a standing desk comfortably than getting the right height and wearing good shoes. It's about making sure all your office tools are properly situated—and that includes your monitor.