I recently acquired an adjustable desk that lets me alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, but as I am getting more used to standing at work, I am finding it an increasingly preferable position because of all the ways it has helped me at work. We’ve heard about the myriad of health problems that a standing desk helps combat, but these are some short-term benefits that I’ve noticed right off.
Better Productivity at a Standing Desk
First, I am more active and move around a lot more. Sometimes when you are sitting, especially in an office setting, you can feel glued to your chair. There is no more hesitation to get off my butt since I am already standing. This has made me feel more proactive and eager to move around the office, interact with others and given me the opportunity to take on different projects.
This productivity has carried through to the afternoons as well. When I was sitting, I would feel sluggish and tired after lunch and need to make a trip to coffee machine if I was going to get any real work done. I’m now experiencing a feeling of general alertness throughout the day which makes the second half of the workday a whole lot more enjoyable.
Noticeable Health Benefits From Standing
I can tell I’m burning more calories than when I was sitting all day because now when I grab a snack, it’s because I’m actually hungry, not just bored. We’ve all been there, especially if you work in an office like mine with a never-ending supply of free snacks. I used to think free snacks were a benefit, but it wasn’t too long until my waistline disagreed. I’m not going to win any fitness competitions any time soon, but at least now when I grab a snack I can tell I’m actually burning some of it off.
Speaking of fitness, everyday things like taking the stairs have gotten a whole lot easier—I can now take bypass the elevator line and take the five flights up to work without getting nearly as tired or winded. I assume my legs have gotten stronger and more resilient from the extra standing but it’s nice to see a real difference in everyday life.
I thought it might be initially awkward, but a standing desk has actually improved my interpersonal relationships. Conversations have become much more natural and enjoyable without having to worry about standing to meet someone and then sitting back down while they awkwardly hover over you. We can casually talk at the same level from the onset and it’s surprisingly made a big difference. Like I said, this is probably one of the least expected results of a standing desk, but has turned out to be one of my favorite benefits and one that I often single out when telling people about my choice to switch.
A New Standing Desk Convert
If you work in an environment where a standing desk is an option, I highly recommend it. If you’re anything like me, you will quickly notice several improvements in your day-to-day, not to mention the longer term health benefits associated with standing. I still sit—and even find it better for certain tasks that require prolonged intense focus—but I am happy to tell anyone who is curious why I am a standing desk user and why they should seriously think about becoming one themselves.