Misconceptions Surrounding Stand Up Desks

April 9, 2014

We always talk about the benefits of stand up desks and how they can improve productivity, creativity and combat sitting disease. But height-adjustable desks have faced recent backlash, and people have voiced their concerns over the disadvantages of owning a standing desk.

Here are a few common misconceptions of stand up desks and answers to put your mind at ease:

You’ll Hurt Your Back & Legs
There has been recent evidence explaining that standing for long hours can cause varicose veins. Even though you probably don’t wear shorts to the office and your legs aren’t in clear view, varicose veins are a symptom everyone wants to avoid. Yes, standing behind a stand up desk for extremely long hours isn’t ideal. It’s about moving throughout your day to keep extended standing symptoms at bay.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, sitting can cause not only cankles, but a number of unwanted health problems. We mention these on a regular basis, but just to reemphasize: Sitting increases the risk of heart disease in both men and women, increases obesity, diabetes, and completely shuts down your body’s fat burning ability.

The key is to switch between sitting and standing during your day. Once you begin the transition it’ll be tough, and you may notice strain on your back and legs muscles, but your body is simply getting used to change and building resistance. So don’t give up, keep standing and moving!

Eating Lunch is Difficult 
With business moving faster than ever, a lunch break is slowly becoming a thing of the past. More and more employees are seen scarfing down meals in between meetings, on the go, or at their desk. Eating lunch at your desk can be relaxing (although we don’t recommend) if you can sit and take a break for a moment. Sure, eating lunch at a stand up desk is difficult, but who wants to stand at their desk and eat anyway? See your standing desk as an opportunity to take back your lunch break and get out of the office! Or head to the break room, at the very least.

If you don’t have time for either, thankfully Xdesk switches between multiple sitting and standing heights, to accommodate the employee who opts out of their break. Just lower your desk to the seated position and bingo—a make shift dining table.

You’ll Attract Unwanted Attention
As you stand tall above slouching coworkers, you may see eyes begin to wander over to your corner of the office. But don’t see it as negative attention. standing desks are the wave of the future, and you’re just pioneering your office into modern day. You’ve chosen to take a stand against poor health and poor productivity, and you’re doing it with a stylish piece of equipment. You may just be the envy of all your coworkers.

You’ll Stand All Day
Here’s the beauty of owning Xdesk’s standing desks: You don’t have to stand all day. Xdesk has more than 250 positions, to accommodate all shapes and sizes. Even if you have a fixed-height stand up desk you can still incorporate a stool or ergonomic chair to take breaks between standing long hours. Remember, it’s about making small movements throughout your day from sitting to standing for the best results.

Have you faced any of these misconceptions? How have you been persuaded to choose otherwise?

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