Working Healthier Means Working Better.
For the first time in history, Americans are spending more time than ever sitting down. Our predominantly sedentary lifestyles are only damaging our health since much of our modern day routines are revolved around being seated, whether it's getting to work, catching up with friends, or having a movie night in. On top of that, many of us are spending 8+ hours a day hunched over a non-adjustable standing desk, which can make it that much more difficult to fit in time to break in a sweat or dedicate time to be active.
A study has actually found that sedentary behavior can actually be linked to a higher risk of death, and with so many studies highlighting the consequences of prolonged sitting, the hype over ergonomic work environments took over the industry - and rightfully so.
While it might not be possible to shorten our work hours, we can most certainly change how we work during those 8 or so hours.
Adjustable standing desks have been the ultimate salvation to our nationwide issue of habitual inactivity. More and more studies have supported the number of benefits from using a standing desk over a traditional sitting desk.
So why are adjustable standing desks so much better for our health?
1. Improve Your Mood & Energy Levels
Studies have shown people with standing desks report less stress and higher energy than those sitting down during their workday.
2. Boost Productivity
Standing desks are more likely to boost productivity along with mood and energy.
3. Live Longer
The research suggests a strong link between prolonged sitting and early death - specifically 49% greater risk of dying early than those who sit the least.
4. Lose Weight
Compared to sitting, standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories. And since weight loss is a result of more calories burned than intake, using a standing desk can lead to weight loss.
5. Improve Heart Health
Prolonged sedentary behavior can increase the risk of heart disease by up to a whopping 147%.
6. Reduce Back Pain
Participants in studies who used standing desks have reported less stress and increased energy than those who were sitting down.
7. Lower Blood Sugar Levels
A small study revealed standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced the blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting down.
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