Standing Desk vs. Sitting: Is it worth the investment?

Now that much of the workforce has shifted to work-from-home conditions, it’s as good of a time as ever to consider investing in a comfortable workspace. Many of us are already well-aware of the potential impacts of sitting all day on our health. While the surge in work-from-home jobs hasn’t necessarily been the reason behind the innovation of standing desks, it certainly has contributed to the hype around standing desks. There are countless standing desks on the market, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Naturally, you may wonder - are standing desks really worth it?


Standing Desk vs. Sitting Desk

Research has shown that prolonged sitting can have drastic effects on your health. While modern society has transitioned to generally sedentary behavior, the movement towards a more active lifestyle has challenged this by incorporating more ergonomic workstations like adjustable standing desks. In a study done by the American Cancer Society, prolonged sitting was associated with a 19% higher death rate from common causes of death in comparison to sitting less than 3 hours a day. In a 2015 longitudinal study, it was found that standing just a quarter of the time every day is associated with reduced odds of obesity.


Other studies have shown that spending just a fraction of your workday standing vs sitting can do wonders for your health. Some benefits include:


  • Boost productivity
  • Lose weight
  • Reduce back pain 
  • Improve mood and energy levels

After sedentary behavior over a period of time, it can become increasingly difficult to find time and energy to get your 20 minutes of exercise. Since research has supported a boost in energy and productivity from using standing desks vs sitting desks, standing desks are probably worth the investment for a better daily routine and overall health. 


So how do you decide which standing desk is right for you? Since standing desks can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, it’s crucial to set a reasonable budget. Once you know your budget, you’ll want to think about any extra features that are important to you, whether it’s a memory height program or a more spacious desktop. If you’re looking for a more compact desktop, our AVIX Home Office Series measures at just 48”, providing enough space for work yet being compact enough for smaller spaces. If you’re looking for an adjustable desk with some extras, our AVIX Manager Series has additional features to make your life easier, like a USB charging port for your devices as well as built-in cable management and pre-set heights. Regardless of which standing desk you decide to invest in, your health will thank you.



References

Cancer.org. 2018. Sitting Time Linked To Higher Risk Of Death From All Causes. [online] Available at: <https://www.cancer.org/latest-news/sitting-time-linked-to-higher-risk-of-death-from-all-causes.html> [Accessed 24 December 2020].


Leech, J., 2017. 7 Benefits Of A Standing Desk. [online] Healthline. Available at: <https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-a-standing-desk#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3> [Accessed 24 December 2020].


Shuval, K., Barlow, C., Finley, C., Gabriel, K., Schmidt, M. and DeFina, L., 2015. Standing, Obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 90(11), pp.1524-1532.

December 24, 2020 — Avix Team