Standing vs Sitting Desks – The Pros and Cons for busy Office Staff

0
shares
What's This?

Standing vs Sitting Desks - The Pros and Cons for busy Office Staff

Does your job have you on your feet all day, or instead seated for hours on end? If you work in an office, it’s probably the latter – and that could give you cause for concern, considering some worrying reports about the impact that sustained periods of sitting down could have on your health.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has even called sitting “the new cancer”, as the Independent reported. All workers at the firm’s “Apple Park” have been given standing desks, but the merits could be mixed…

Sitting for long periods can adversely affect workers’ health

That’s get one thing out of the way first: yes, spending excessive time sitting could harm your health more than spending the same amount of time standing, as this seems to be backed by research.

Dr Peter Ottone, a New Jersey chiropractor, has called sitting for extended periods “damaging to the spine”, due to “the sustained contracture of the abdominal and hamstring muscles and the imbalance this creates affecting the mechanics of the lower back,” in words quoted by Healthline.

Standing can help workers to lose weight

Another good reason to take up standing desks: the more that employees stand, the more weight they could shift. One study in the European  Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that, compared to sitting, standing sees workers burn 0.15 more calories per minute.

The study’s senior author, Dr Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, attributes this to the fact that “the number and volume of the muscles that an individual uses [while] standing are higher than sitting”.

The right seating can improve ergonomics

One good incentive to still invest in sitting desks is being able to get your hands on seating designed ergonomically for your workers’ long-term comfort. However, if workers are encouraged to stand, they would have to be careful how they do stand, as a chair would be taken out of the equation.

“Just like sitting and leaning forward for extended periods can increase pressure on the back, the same applies to standing with poor ergonomics,” Ottone has warned.

Standing desks could encourage people to move around

Despite the publicised merits of standing desks, benefits to be reaped from simply standing can be overestimated. Still, such desks could encourage your workers to take advantageous breaks.

“Quite a few studies have shown that a single day of breaking up sitting with standing or short walks seems to have a beneficial effect on health parameters like blood sugar control, blood pressure and feelings of pain and fatigue,” observes Bethany Barone Gibbs, PhD, a University of Pittsburgh assistant professor.

Could “sit-stand desks” provide the best of both worlds?

Sitting or standing for too long can give rise to conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder, back and neck pain. Therefore, could “sit-stand desks” – which can be adjusted to suit either sitting or standing – provide a happy medium?

One Fast Company article suggests so – and, with design expertise sourced through a site like https://www.maris-interiors.co.uk/, you might be able to fit these desks seamlessly into your workplace.

Editorial Team
ModernLifeBlogs, It is a evolving space where Social Media, Technology, Health and inspiration co-exist under one roof. Find the newest info about Social Networking, the latest products in Technology, the most innovative topics about Life! Get Connect with us Write for Us | Advertise

21 Comments

  1. I learn so much from you as well! Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. Keep it up.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your helpful information. It’s very unique post. Good job.

  3. meet says:

    thank you for sharing it will help others to prevent the confusion of standing vs sitting desk

  4. Sumit Jain says:

    Thank you for sharing this post.
    Hi!
    I am Sumit a content writer at lakeview garden. I am a regular reader of your blog and I like your blog.
    I found your blog very helpful & useful.

  5. pooja mule says:

    This is a nice article and very useful STANDING VS SITTING DESKS – THE PROS AND CONS FOR BUSY OFFICE STAFF thanks for this information thanks for sharing us…

  6. shashi says:

    I was waiting for an amazing blog like this. Thank you for this beneficial information

  7. Luke Dawn says:

    I read your blog and its informational. Thanks for sharing

  8. thanu says:

    very nice posting thanks for your posting

  9. I enjoyed over read your blog post. Your blog have nice information, I got good ideas from this amazing blog.

  10. apurvaverma says:

    Your content was very helpful. I really like the way how efficiently you play with the words. Very commendable. Thank You!

  11. very true and beneficial post from your side, today’s sedentary lifestyle mainly causes of youth back pain.

  12. apurvaverma says:

    so very awesome. article thank you so much for that. thank you noida news

  13. apurvaverma says:

    This is great advice! Very honest and practical.I really enjoyed this post.Nice post!! these tips may help Great post

  14. apurvaverma says:

    i really like this blog. this is so very informative for me. thanks for that Noida news

  15. Rajat Yadav says:

    very informative thanks

  16. krishna says:

    amazing post.
    thanks for sharing such an article.

  17. divya raletta says:

    Wow!!! you shared very unique, important and useful information with us..I think it is best for those who work continuously 8-10 hours in sitting or either standing position..
    keep sharing keep posting..:)

  18. apurvaverma says:

    Wow!!! you shared very unique.keep sharing

  19. apurvaverma says:

    Great blog.keep it up

  20. apurvaverma says:

    Interesting stuff to read. Keep it up.
    Great article. Couldn’t be write much better!

  21. Saagarika says:

    It clears my doubt between these two. Thanks