What are the real benefits of a standing desk?


Are you one of those people who swapped their regular sit down desk for the on trend standing desk the media has been going crazy for this past year? Standing desks come with a promise to reverse the effects associated with prolonged periods of sitting. Studies such as this one at Harvard, concluded that the more time people spent sitting at work, driving, or watching TV, the greater their risk of dying from heart disease, cancer, or strokes.

Another study was completed earlier this year by University of Prince Edward Island, and found that standing at a desk burns more calories than sitting. Other health benefits also noted in the report were improved metabolic health, blood sugar levels, and insulin levels. So it’s a resounding thumbs up from science, but like everything there are always downsides. One man shared his experience, in his post Why I Killed My Standing Desk, and What I Do Instead which takes a look into the idea that while the standing desk may be more beneficial to your health, it really isn’t for everyone, and if you want to avoid the risks to your health, there are others ways to do it! Check out the full post here.

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