I’m seated at a desk reading this content. Stand-up desks are increasingly popular and their advantages are frequently touted, so there’s a strong possibility you already are.
Instead of sitting on a chair, these desks allow you to perform your “desk job” while standing. Standing desks can be custom-built (costing tens of thousands of dollars) or you can elevate your computer on a stack of books to make a standard desk into one for free. Standing desk sales have exploded in the last few years, often outpacing those of traditional desks.
Personally, I think it’s a great concept – standing instead of sitting all day in front of a computer is definitely preferable (while staring at a computer screen). However, I’m intrigued by the prospect of delving more into some of the common misconceptions about standing workstations. It’s a well-known fact that standing instead of sitting consumes more energy — and thus more calories — over the period of several days or weeks. However, is it true that a standing desk might help you avoid weight gain or even shed excess weight as a result of the movement?
Exactly what researchers in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health were trying to answer. It’s true, there is such a publication.) Masks that assessed oxygen consumption as a measure of how many calories people burnt while working at a computer, watching TV, standing or walking on a treadmill were fitted to the 74 healthy participants in the study. The following is what they discovered in regards to a standing desk’s potential for weight loss:
Study participants burned roughly 80 calories an hour while sitting, which is comparable to typing or watching TV.
Standing did not burn any more calories per hour than sitting did — only about 88 extra calories per hour.
Walking used up 210 calories in an hour.
An additional 24 calories are burned when you work at a standing desk for three hours compared to sitting for the same amount of time. It’s possible to burn an additional 100 calories every day by walking for just a half-hour during your lunch break.
It was previously reported that standing burnt more calories per hour than sitting, but this new study examined energy expenditure and is likely more precise.
The advantages of using a standing desk
Even while a new study reveals that a standing workstation is unlikely to aid with weight loss or avoid weight gain, a standing desk may have additional benefits… Proponents of standing desks point to studies demonstrating that on days when a person spends more time standing, blood sugar levels return to normal faster. If you’d rather avoid back and shoulder pain, try to avoid sitting for long periods of time.
A standing desk may provide additional health benefits based on the fact that sitting for lengthy periods of time has been related to an increased risk of disease.
Cardiovascular disease and cancer (particularly of the colon or breast) are the leading causes of early death in obese people.
A new study on energy expenditure demonstrates that the health impacts of different types of standing and moving around, such as walking, pacing, and standing, aren’t always equivalent when it comes to “not sitting.” Standing desks have not yet been subjected to thorough tests to determine the extent to which they may provide the majority of these possible advantages. As a result, it’s not clear what the long-term health benefits of using a standing desk are.
If you’re going to sit at your desk, you may as well stand.
Using a standing desk can have “side effects,” just like any other “intervention.” There is a risk of developing back, leg or foot pain if one abruptly shifts from sitting all day to standing all day; it’s recommended to start with 30-60 minutes a day and gradually increase it. Disruption in concentration, focus, and productivity can be caused by setting a timer to remind you to stand or sit (as many experts advocate). Experiment with various time periods to find the one that best suits your needs.
There are some tasks, particularly those requiring fine motor abilities, that are better done when seated. As a result, a standing desk may not be an ideal solution for everyone who spends their workdays hunched over a desk.
In the last several years, we’ve seen a remarkable shift in the workplace. Open floor plans, inflatable exercise balls instead of seats, and standing workstations are all examples of these newer workplace trends. Some of my coworkers have treadmill desks that allow them to work on a computer or video conference while they’re walking. Each of these alterations comes with advantages and possibly some risk as well.. To be sure, we need more time and, preferably, well-designed studies before we can say for sure that they are superior — or healthy.So,S
So,after you have a standing up desk,you may also need to take a seat.