Do Standing Desks Help or Do I Just Look Silly?

November 23, 2015 by Dr. Ihsan O. Erhuy

When you work at a desk in an office, whether it’s your home office or at work, it can take a toll on your posture. Sitting at a computer, hunched over a pile of papers, you can begin to feel like you are never going to straighten out your body again. If you are like many others, you may experience an aching back, pain in your shoulders, and a stiff neck. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common as well when you are not using ergonomically correct. A popular trend that could resolve your problem is a standing desk. You might wonder if such a desk could really help you or if it’s going to make you look funny. Weight the advantages and disadvantages to decide for yourself.

Standing Desks: What are the Benefits?

According to, it’s not just hype about standing desks as a popular trend. Standing desk can actually benefit your health. Long ago, Ernest Hemingway used a standing desk and people thought he was simply being eccentric. Experts of today are pointing to several advantages of the standing desk. When you stand, you improve your posture and don’t slouch. Research has shown that extended periods of sitting on a daily basis will put you at risk. You’ll find yourself being less active and could be prone to diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and blood clots in the legs, not to mention nuisances like hemorrhoids. Scientists recommend that you include more standing and pacing in your daily routine. When you stand and you are on the move, you will be able to keep your weight in check and help your body to maintain healthy glucose levels. Standing at your desk for part of the day could help you to stave off diabetes. When you stand, you put less of a strain on your heart and circulatory system. You could avoid heart disease. Research has found that those who are more active and on their feet can reduce the risk of cancer. Switch to a standing desk and you could extend your life.

The Drawbacks of a Standing Desk

While a standing desk has its benefits, there are drawbacks as well. If you have problems with your feet, legs, or knees, this type of desk simply may not be an option. Even if you are capable of standing for prolonged periods of time, standing does take a toll on your legs and back. You’ll find that you need to take breaks because you may experience pain in your legs and feet. Feelings of discomfort are likely to distract you from your work. As you become tired from standing, you’ll find yourself becoming less productive. You may find that your standing desk is having a negative impact on the quality of your work. Your standing desk may be better for you, but it will be a problem if you don’t fulfill your responsibilities.

Finding a Healthy Balance

One of the best ways to make a standing desk work for you is to break up your day, switching from a standing desk to sitting periodically. When standing becomes a strain, sit, but make sure your periods of sitting are brief. Stretch, walk, and be physical. Keep yourself on the move. Your creative juices will be flowing and your body will work more effectively.

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