Have you seen one of the many articles about sitting versus standing? The subject is in my social media newsfeeds fairly regularly.
Dozens of studies have been published in the last decade with evidence showing that too much time spent sitting during the day may increase your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and early death. In contrast, standing burns more calories than sitting, improves posture, and may contribute to a better sense of well-being.
Does this means you should stand all day? No. Standing all day may also be bad for your health by increasing the risk of carotid atherosclerosis and varicose veins, and can cause neck flexion.
If you’re not supposed to sit all day and you’re not supposed to stand all day, what should you do? The best option is to alternate between sitting and standing, which offers the health benefits of both.
About a year ago, I started using a stand up desk, and I love it. It sits nicely on top of my regular desk and is easily raised and lowered as needed. As a morning person, I tend to stand for the first couple of hours that I’m at the office. Often, I’ll stand again for an hour or so after lunch. There are even some days that I stand more than I sit. And sometimes how much I sit versus stand depends on the work I’m doing.
I’ve noticed that when I’m standing:
Have you considered how workstation flexibility may improve your health?