The Standing Desk went viral as the healthy alternative to the typical desk. The more stylish and active sister, the standing desk can do much more with the same resources. Taking up the same space, with only two legs, and flexible enough to move to heights tall enough for a 6’8 user, the standing desk is all about mobility.
Standing During the Day to Keep the Doctor Away
Yes, the standing desk makes you stand more. And standing more means burning more calories: about 100 calories a day, which is probably more than you thought! Standing also helps restore blood sugar levels more quickly after eating a meal. Yay healthy lunch breaks! There’s a decreased risk of shoulder and back pain, but stick around for our how-to section to learn how to avoid back, leg, and foot pain while at your standing or normal desk.
The golden rule? Stand and move. Otherwise, standing still is the same as sitting still.
Listen to Dr. Peter Ottone: “Using a standing desk, even for a portion of the workday, can minimize the sustained contracture of the abdominal and hamstring muscles and help maintain better spinal alignment and muscle symmetry.”
Just one day using a standing desk improves pain, fatigue, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure. Let’s keep that doctor away!
Who Knew Standing Could Make Us Work Powerhouses?
Better health means our brains can function more optimally. Remember how healthy circulation and blood oxygen levels help our mental faculties? Standing increases productivity and alertness because it requires greater circulation to get blood up (against gravity), and it increases our respiration rates (aka breathing). That means more oxygen to the brain.
More oxygen helps reduce fatigue and stress. In a study, 87% of participants experienced increased “vigor and energy.” And your best work days? Those random days when you think clearly, are excited and enthusiastic, and don’t tire out? Getting a standing desk can make that your new normal.
Movement allows the brain to refresh and restore links between memory and learning, forming new connections along neural pathways. It’s essential for creative thinking and reducing burnout. And frequent, albeit short, breaks maximize productivity. When the brain has a chance to rest, it refreshes its supplies of neurotransmitters, allowing for better absorption of information. Take the standing desk as a reminder to move too. Go on a walk outside for more productive phone meetings. And dance it up at your standing desk while you type up a report, or your own blog post.
Standing Up Makes Us Feel Like Superheroes
Ever heard of how the superhero pose (think Superman) helps with confidence and performance? That’s the power of great posture. When we sit, we often slump or feel trapped in immobility. By standing upright, you can boost your confidence levels. One study found that great posture can affect how people think about themselves. When holding great posture, participants were “more likely to believe positive thoughts they wrote down concerning whether they were qualified for the job.”
Confidence and self-assurance makes the difference between superior and inferior work. And most of us could benefit from this boost as we work in the home office.
Another tip for confidence: nod your head when you work, express thoughts, or brainstorm. Participants of another study had more confidence in thoughts generated while nodding their heads up and down. Hint hint: that’s another way to move at your standing desk!
Flexibility in the Home Office
Why is the standing desk so perfect for the home office? The standing desk is a chameleon.
It fits in seamlessly with any surrounding. Don’t have a designated office space? The standing desk can function as desk and living room console table. Have young children who love to climb up every surface? The standing desk can rise to a safe height children can’t access. You do have a spacious home office? The standing desk can take centerstage.