Sit Down or Stand up: Reap the Benefits of Adjustable Standing Desks

Sitting at your desk all day, every day, can be detrimental to your health. While standing desks are nothing new, they have become more popular throughout the past decade as offices have begun taking measures to better ensure the health of their staff. But standing all day isn’t exactly comfortable either — a combination of sitting and standing is the sweet spot office workers should be looking for. This realization led to the creation of adjustable standing desks, also known as sit-stand desks, which allow workers to easily change their position from sitting to standing throughout any given day. Knowing this, Systems Office Furniture is increasing its stock of adjustable standing desks to meet the demand for happier, healthier office workers.

The Benefits of Standing

The Benefits of Adjustable Height DesksThere are a surprising number of health benefits to simply standing periodically throughout the day, lending scientific credence to today’s greater reliance on adjustable standing desks. People who stand at work have been shown to have a lower risk of weight gain and obesity. This isn’t to say standing should replace exercise, but it does help you burn an extra 1,000 calories per week. Standing can also help lower your blood sugar levels, thereby decreasing your risk of developing or exacerbating type two diabetes. And considering the dangers and prevalence of heart disease in America, it’s a comfort to know that standing can lower your risk of developing heart disease.

Back pain is a frequent complaint of office workers who remain seated throughout the day, but studies have shown that workers who use adjustable standing desks report a significant improvement in lower back pain in just a few weeks. Standing has also been documented as a way to help improve a person’s mood, as well as their energy levels. Consequently, it’s not uncommon to see a rise in office productivity once adjustable standing desks are implemented.

The Benefits of Sitting

While the benefits of standing are clear, there are also some drawbacks to doing it all day. Office workers who stand at their desk all day may report leg or foot pain. A recent report published in Ergonomics demonstrated that standing all day could cause workers to experience lower limb swelling and a decreased mental state. Sitting takes the pressure of the legs and feet, enabling people to fully perform their duties without overtiring their lower extremities. An adjustable standing desk gives office workers that option when they need it.

Sitting also gives office workers a way to relax themselves throughout the day. The pressures and stress of nine-to-five office jobs necessitate the need to relax, and a comfortable, ergonomical chair is a great way to make that happen. When you have an adjustable standing desk, this relief is easy to have whenever you need it.

The Benefits Combined: Sit and Stand Throughout the Day

Though standing and sitting both have real health benefits, when done all day, neither is an ideal way for office workers to position themselves. This is the appeal of adjustable standing desks: you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Known in the medical field as the Sit-Stand-Switch method, you can alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes to an hour to get the benefits of both working styles without suffering through the drawbacks.

Adjustable standing desks can also help office workers avoid and relieve chronic pain issues — the back and neck pain that come from sitting too long, and the leg and foot pain that can arise from standing too long. Add to that the improved health and happiness your employees will experience, and you’ll have a workplace environment that keeps people engaged and productive throughout the day. You may even see a reduction in healthcare costs as fewer people experience work-related health issues.

Your Adjustable Standing Desk Needs, Met

Systems Office Furniture is ready to meet the current demand for adjustable standing desks. As a leader in high-quality new and used office furniture, we stock the industry’s top name brands, including HON, Steelcase, National, Herman Miller, Haworth and First Office. With our large catalog of affordable, adjustable standing desks, you can create a healthier office environment that benefits your entire staff. And don’t just stop with the new furniture — encourage your staff to get up and take a short walk to better their daily exercise routine.

If you’re near the Houston area, you can check out our showroom in person, where one of our associates will be happy to walk you through all of your adjustable standing desk options, and you can always visit us online here to find the ideal solution for your office.