If you work a 9 to 5, you’ve probably heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking” way too many times. But in today’s work-life, it stands true. Prolonged sitting can lead to several ailments, and standing can do the exact opposite – like increase productivity, improve posture and burn calories.
Standing desks and sitting desks are two workstation options that can have drastically different effects on your health. This article discusses standing and sitting desks in detail to help you make the best choice.
Standing Office Desks
A standing desk (also known as a sit-stand desk or a stand-up desk) is a desk that allows you to stand and work comfortably. These desks are made for various purposes like desk work, architectural work or even drawing. While some standing desks come at a fixed height, most of them are electric and can be adjusted at the push of a button. What’s more, these standing desks feature height memory. This means that you don’t have to adjust the desk to your preferred height when switching between sitting and standing.
Pros of Standing Desks
- Standing desks are better for your health. Even if you have a sedentary job, a standing desk will ensure and facilitate movement from time to time. The user can switch from a sitting workstation to a fully ergonomic standing workstation in just a few seconds.
- Stemming from the previous point, a standing desk promotes good posture. It forces your stomach and back muscles to work constantly, thereby strengthening them. A good posture is crucial in preventing aches and pains and can help you during those long days at work.
- One of the best features of a sit-stand desk is its adjustability. You can adjust the desk’s height to what works for you, and it will remember the setting due to its memory master control unit.
- Research shows that using standing desks can not only boost productivity but also burn more calories than sitting.
Cons of standing desks
- With many options in the market, a good quality standing desk can be hard to find and, similar to sitting, will aggravate bad posture if you ignore proper ergonomics.
- Standing desks are not conventional desks; therefore you might need some time to adjust to how it feels. To some, this might feel like too much effort or simply a waste of time and money.
- There is a lack of long-term research on the positive impacts of a sit-stand desk in the workplace.
Sitting Office Desks
Sitting desks are traditional work desks with no adjustable height and where the user has to sit down while working. Sitting desks do not allow movement but come in various shapes, sizes and finishes.
Pros of Sitting Desks
- If you have a back or leg injury, or a circulatory illness like abnormal blood pressure, a sitting desk might be the best option for you. While recovering from an injury, using a standing desk may add stress to the injured area or cause you discomfort.
- Sitting desks are much more accessible and affordable than standing desks that can be a little on the pricier side.
- If you concentrate better while sitting and get work done much faster, a traditional sitting desk might be appropriate.
Cons of Sitting Desks
- If you work for long hours at your desk with little to no movement, sitting could be detrimental to your health. The health concerns include obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.
- Sitting desks are hard to personalise or adjust. The adjustability of height and depth is significant for a good posture, and sitting desks do not provide this customisation according to your body type.
- They make standing and working impossible.
As more people become aware of the pros of standing desks and the cons of sitting desks, standing desks might seem like the best option to go for. But are standing desks for everyone? Unless you have a medical condition that affects your circulatory system, a standing desk is something you should definitely try for better health. Alternate between sitting and standing for the best results and experience.
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