The Health Benefits of the Standing Desk

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How many of you sit for 8 hours a day, slouched over at your desk while staring at the computer? Most of us who have office jobs don’t really have a choice in that matter. I am one of those office workers that sits at her desk all day long. However, I do try to move and walk around every 20 minutes or so. Recently, Mashable posted a great infographic about the dangers of sitting all day. One of the risks is a 40% increase in dying within the next 15 years even if you exercise! Another is weight gain.

Shocking? Yes. But, don’t fret, there is a solution to this. I present to you: The Standing Desk. A few of my coworkers have already adopted this style of working and they were very gracious in answering a few questions I had in regards to this new style of working. Our standing desk pioneers, Chris and Jacob have had their standing desks for almost a year now and are still standing 6 or more hours a day.

Chris said that his “health and posture have definitely improved” and he’s “lost 5 pounds due to standing, although weight loss” wasn’t his goal. Daisy, Kristen and Jill who have been standing for two weeks or less still recommend the standing desks despite pain in their lower back, legs and feet. Kristen says foam floor mats help with the pain and she has been able to sleep through the night because she is wiped out from standing all day. Jill seconds the positive effects of the foam pads and says “if you wear cute shoes, you can just take them off and stand on the pad instead of standing in heels all day.”

What a great point! When asked if any of them would go back to a sitting desk, I got a resounding no from most everyone with Kristen saying she “doesn’t feel like a ball of mush” like she does when she sits. Jill isn’t sure about going back to a sitting desk yet, as “it might be nice to do a little of both” but she does sit at her desk at home.

If you are considering converting to a standing desk, don’t worry, it takes time to get used to. Most of my coworkers were tired the first few days, but have been standing progressively more after the initial intro period. You can also get desks that “adjust from standing to sitting and vice versa” according to Jacob.

How much do these standing desks cost? It all depends on your budget. Jacob and Chris got theirs for a mere $25. They bought 2 flat wooden boards from Home Depot and screwed them onto the wall in their offices. This allowed them to custom build them to their heights. Target has some stand up desk stations that cost $200. Or check out this list of 17 standing desks that will save your life, some of which include a treadmill!

As you can see, the health benefits outweigh sitting all day. So, would you convert to a standing desk and why?

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  1. jbh2kplus

    3 years ago

    great post!

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  2. Allegra.Ringo

    3 years ago

    I’ve been considering getting a standing desk for a while. I like the idea of making a DIY one. I think Dvice’s idea of using an ironing board as a standing desk is really smart!

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  3. McPants

    3 years ago

    Fantastic post – I had no idea the standing desk was so good for you. A few of my co-workers at my last job opted for the standing desk type…and to be honest I thought they looked a little silly. If given the chance I’d opt for the standing desk in a heartbeat, as a backup or primary workstation.

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  4. arreguin

    3 years ago

    Yes! Shout out for the Standing Desk “Pioneers” :)

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  5. SavingsIQ

    3 years ago

    A happy medium between standing and sitting is the balance ball chair. try it!

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  6. starlit

    3 years ago

    hmm! maybe i’ll get the balance ball chair…

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  7. stella.louise

    3 years ago

    I think I’ll just continue to slouch in my chair. ;) (Should have done a before and after weigh-in to see how much weight the new standees lose.)

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  8. lisa66

    3 years ago

    I use a StandnSit from StandinGoodHealth. They are available at http://www.standingoodhealth.com. Its an affordable stand up desk that also folds away when I need to sit down. I’ve been standong for close to a year now and have no desire to go back to sitting all day. I have more energy since the switch.

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  9. RealDeal

    3 years ago

    going to give this a try. have heard that sitting all day is horrible for the body plus my posture has suffered. (interesting – a 40% increase in the chance of death if you sit at a desk! is that a 40% increase over the 100% chance that we all die anyway?)

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  10. SavingsIQ

    3 years ago

    @ lisa- great! glad to hear that the standing desk is worth it.
    @realdeal- haha.. yeah, i believe it means we will die sooner. :P

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  11. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    There are more studies about sitting how it can cause blood clots, etc. I walk away from my desk for a time. I may have articles and work to do, but I cannot sit there forever. Lower back problems from playing rugby. Can’t stand all day either because hurt knees from fencing and basketball. Is there a way I can sit in bed and work, see the monitor on the ceiling?

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  12. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    I liked the drafting table a lot, if I were going to do that, it would be with that table. The ironing board was a kick!

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  13. gaiusgracchus33

    1 year ago

    We got a new Multitable and we LOVE IT!!! We ordered the entire table from them, not just the base — they customized it for us, too. We checked out almost every standup desk on the market before settling on this one. They have a plethora of types of desks – something for everyone.

    Although they had models that fit over their own treadmills, we already had a high-end Precor treadmill at home. Note that most of the treadmills that come from the standup desk combos have no console in front to get in the way, but ours, just like a gym model, does. So we needed the table that goes up really high, plus we needed a more narrow table since we are further back on the treadmill due to the console. Plus, we just have small laptops so no need for a wider desk.

    They took their table from the treadmill combo and created a customized top for us. Also they were able to adjust the width.

    It fits perfectly! The inner width is 34″ between the legs, the tabletop is 36″ wide and 18″ deep. The height goes up to 54 inches!!!! Yayyyh! Finally we found one that fit our needs over our treadmill! (good luck finding one that tall, and, if you do, good luck getting the rest of these dimensions.)

    It was pretty easy to assemble, and putting things together is not my forte. We ordered the “left-handed” model, which is just having the crank on the left side, since our treadmill is up to the wall on the right side. We really appreciate a manual operation, although they certainly have electric models. I don’t want another thing to have to plug in, and it takes so little effort to crank it, why bother with electric.

    Their customer service is outstanding. Their prices are far, far better than any other desk of this quality, and especially compared to companies who are willing to customize for you.

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