Standing at Work Can Improve Your Overall Health

September 12, 2014

Did you know that standing at work can improve your overall health?

Office workers are dying a slow death by leading a sedentary existence at work. The nation over, office employees spend up to 8 hours each day in the seated position; that’s up to 40 hours per week with little to no physical activity. Over an entire career, that number can balloon to over 60,000 hours stuck in the seated position.

With so much time spent sitting down at work, employees put themselves at greater risk of contracting debilitating health problems like atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, varicose veins, severe muscle tightness, joint deterioration, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and more. Bodies in motion stay in motion and studies show, the simple act of standing for periods throughout your workday can drastically improve your overall health and prevent you from contracting serious medical conditions.

Health benefits associated with standing while working

Standing at work doesn’t just prevent disease and repetitive stress injuries; there are a number of health benefits associated with standing while working, including:

  • Improved circulation
  • Improved cognitive function
  • Improved posture
  • Improved metabolic function
  • Increased energy
  • Improved mood and
  • Improved muscle tone

Standing improves worker productivity

That’s right, in addition to providing numerous health benefits; standing improves worker productivity and satisfaction. Dynamic workstations are the easiest way to alternate between seated and standing work positions. While they require an initial investment, employers quickly recoup their expense through improved employee morale and productivity.

Choosing to stand during your workday

If you’re interested in standing during portions of your workday, but your employer stands between you and that amazing Xdesk dynamic workstation you have your eye on, there are a number of temporary solutions you can implement to position your keyboard, mouse, and monitor in the correct spot. Here is an illustration that shows the ideal standing workstation ergonomics. The Mayo Clinic also offers these helpful hints for the ideal seated desk arrangement.

When advocating for a dynamic workstation one of the most powerful techniques is demonstrating that you would use the product frequently. Another powerful tool is pointing out that studies show employees who stand while working enjoy increased productivity and cognitive functioning, which ultimately benefits their employer. Knowing their bottom line will benefit is a compelling argument that any reluctant business owner or boss will be hard-pressed to ignore and could be just the nudge they need to outfit your office with dynamic workstations.

While we all have to work, we don’t have to sit in poorly designed workstations while doing so. Standing for even part of the day has significant health benefits. Standing while working also improves cognitive function and helps us remain engaged and productive, making us more efficient and effective employees. Take time to browse our extensive selection of dynamic workstations to find the perfect option for you.

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