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Standing-Desk Workers ‘Less Tired, More Engaged’

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Employers, listen up: New research shows that providing workers with standing desks not only boosts their performance, but leaves them less tired and more engaged throughout the day. According to BBC, workers who were given sit-stand desks also reported improvements with musculoskeletal problems.

I can’t let this go by without mentioning that I supplied sit-stand desks to my own employees quite some time ago, so I can attest that it’s not only popular with your employees, but a healthy option in any situation. In fact, research shows that the benefits aren’t just for adults, as offering students sit-stand desks improves their school performance and test scores, and reduces behavior problems.

That said, whether you’re a child or an adult, the dangers of sitting too much are clear, and the benefits of standing numerous. Basically, this is a case of sit less now or risk not walking later. Yes, it’s that serious, so if you’re a worker relegated to a desk all day, even if your employer isn’t open to providing you with a sit-stand desk, please try to figure out ways to modify your work station so you can give yourself the option of standing while you work.

For the naysayers, there is plenty of science behind encouraging you to stand more, beginning with the fact that it’s been found that prolonged sitting promotes multiple challenging health conditions, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, certain cancers and lower back pain. There’s also a correlation between movement and cognition in that moving more helps your brain function better.

With all the evidence pointing toward getting out of that seat, it can still feel overwhelming to think about giving up your chair. However, this isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Rather than focusing on not sitting, think about ways to move more. Just having the option to sit or stand is a huge advantage and a good start toward getting out of your chair for most of the day.

Remember that just the act of standing takes you out of sedentary mode. And when you're standing, you're unlikely to stand completely still, at least not for long. You'll likely stretch, lean, bend and pace. You may take your foot on and off a footstool or fidget. This is all movement that counts toward your daily activity — activity that is lacking in so many people’s lives. Just by ditching your seat in favor of standing, you propel yourself into near-constant motion.

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