In Good Standing: New Desks for Your Office

Slide Over, Office Chair–There’s a New Desk in Town

Uplift Standing Desk

Come on in, we say. Have a seat. Relax, maybe put up your feet. Sitting is naturally comfortable, which is why we sit in cars, on the couch, at the dinner table and at work. In fact, most people spend more than half their day sedentary. But sitting too much is bad for your health. Extensive sitting is linked to at least 30 chronic diseases, including a higher risk of heart disease and Type II diabetes. And the worst part? It’s not something easily reversed by hitting the gym after a long day at the office.

One of the latest trends to combat this statistic is a standing desk. It’s been around a few years but was first regarded as a fad––and a pricey one, at that. However, it seems the health trend may be migrating beyond the walls of tech startups with open floorplans and into the offices and homes of the general public.

Early research shows that standing burns more calories than sitting. A study from the University of Texas, Austin found that standing desks also improve productivity while relieving the muscle tension many cubicle-dwellers develop from poor posture at their computer. According to UPLIFT Desk, a Texas-based company that creates customizable adjustable-height desks, “using a standing desk while you work will help you burn more calories, increase energy, promote healthy blood flow and in- crease mental clarity and focus.”

Uplift Standing Desk

But don’t rush to make the switch just yet. Some studies have shown that an abrupt switch from constant sitting to standing all day can lead to foot and knee pain, as well as varicose veins. One easy way to compromise is with
a hybrid desk, or desk riser, which allows a user to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. Many hybrid desks are small workstations that sit atop a standard desk and can be elevated electronically or manually to allow for standing at work. This hybrid option is the cheapest and easiest setup to implement. For those needing more room, full-size adjustable height desks exist on the market as well, allowing a user to electronically elevate the entire desktop to standing height. These models start  at about $400 and increase from there, depending on the kind of workstation a user desires. Multi-level, multi-monitor stations can cost upwards of $1000.

Though this isn’t a cheap health trend to bandwagon, it’s still taking office spaces by storm. But with opportunities for better blood circulation, a lower risk of heart disease and significantly improved posture, these desks have true benefits versus traditional models. Maybe it’s time for the standard workplace to shake things up a little. Maybe instead of having a seat, it’s time to take a stand. 

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