Sit or stand?
If you’ve been in a modern office lately, you’ve probably experienced the standing desk vs sitting desk debate.
Both sides of the office citing different studies.
The poor office manager stuck in the middle just trying to keep people happy and productive.
But wait, what about those desks that let you sit or stand?
Are they the answer to feeling better at work?
Turns out, yes, sort of. ⠀⠀
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh analyzed 53 separate studies conducted on sit-stand desks and discovered that, while sit-stand desks certainly aren’t a game changing solution to workplace health and won’t shed inches off your waistline, they can have a positive impact on your overall health and well being.
“Sitting all day is bad for you–and standing all day is as well,” says April Chambers, one of the researchers conducting the study. Chambers explains that standing all day can create swelling in your feet, pain, and vascular issues.
Examining the actual effects on someone’s body, some sit-stand desks users were found to have slightly lower blood pressure, and their heart rates was elevated between 7 and 13 beats per minute while standing, which is considered good for heart health.
Since sit-stand desks were found to have no negative impacts on worker productivity, performance, or mood, Chambers thinks that sit-stand desks are a net positive for most people. “Even though the physiological things we found were mild changes, depending on who you apply those changes to, it may make a big difference in their health,” says Chambers. “I’m sure no one would complain in a minor improvement in their health.”
As a constantly evolving company, we are currently in the process of changing out our current desks to better suit our team’s needs.
How are you investing in your workplace health?
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