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By Emily
June 07, 2016
Tags: exercise   ergonomics   standing  
A 2012 study found that, in a typical working week, people spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desk. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic, conducted a study in which the participants were given a standardized diet and exercise regimen. Though all of the participants worked at sitting desks, only some gained weight while others stayed slim. Upon gathering further data, Levine found that the participants who weren't gaining weight were moving on average 2.25 more hours per day, whether walking to a colleague's office instead of emailing, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Below are a few of the health benefits of using a standing desk (which you can read more about here):
  • Reduced risk of obesity
  • Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and other metabolic problems
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk of cancer
  • Lower long-term mortality rate

Evidence suggests that the negative effects of extended sitting can't be countered by brief bouts of strenous exercise. The solution is to incorporate standing and other forms of activity into your normal day - and using a standing desk is one of the easiest ways to incorporate it into your work day.

If you are just starting to use your standing desk, split your time between standing and sitting. The easiest way to do this is to either use an adjustable or a tall chair that you can pull up to your standing desk when you need to sit. Ease into using your standing desk by standing for just a few hours a day at first while your body becomes used to this new position. Also, remember to move around a bit by shifting your position as your work and take brief breaks throughout the day!