Lowering BMI with Standing Desks

It’s no news that sitting is bad for you. Adults and children alike can produce some long-term issues from sitting all day, every day.

While many adults have already made the switch to standing, the good news is you don’t have to wait until your first 9-5 job to create a healthier lifestyle. A recent study was completed by Texas A&M University, which shows that standing desks actually lower body mass index (BMI) for children who use them regularly[1]. The study followed elementary students for two years as they utilized standing desks.

The results showed that the students who used standing desks had a three percent drop in their BMI, compared to the students who used traditional, sitting desks. It should also be noted that the study showed very little difference between male and female students, or between cultural demographics[1].

According to an article from Smithsonian.com, regular standing and pacing, instead of sitting, can be more beneficial to your health than a period of extended sitting followed by a bout of physical activity afterward. This means that, even if students are getting a break for recess, it doesn’t negate the amount of sitting they have been doing all day. The same goes for adults who break for lunch to fit in a workout.

The great news is that benefits of standing don’t stop at a person’s BMI. Other benefits include[2]:

  • Reducing the risk of obesity by using every opportunity to stand up and move
  • Lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and additional metabolic problems, as extended periods of sitting affect glucose levels in the bloodstream
  • Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that those who spend excessive time sitting are at least 34 percent more likely to develop heart failure.
  • Lowering the risk of cancer, as breast and colon cancer are heavily influenced by physical activity.
  • Lowering the risk of long-term mortality, because sitting contributes to a variety of health problems, including the overall risk of death.

One additional – and possibly the best – benefit of a standing desk? It’s an easy, affordable way to improve health without changing your schedule.

VARIDESK models come in many different sizes and types to fit most any setting, and create an easy solution to getting healthier.

It has been said that one healthy action leads to another. If that one action is sitting a little less and standing a little more, the benefits can lead to many more healthy changes throughout a person’s life, whether they are starting at a young age or later in life.

To learn more about how VARIDESK can help improve both your health and productivity, check out the rest of our blog, or visit our website at www.varidesk.com.

 

 

[1] “Standing Desks Lead to Improved BMI In Children.” Texas A&M Today. Texas A&M University, 23 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 Sept. 2016. <http://today.tamu.edu/2016/08/23/standing-desks-lead-to-improved-bmi-in-children/>.

 

[2] Stromberg, Joseph. “Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks.” Smithsonian Magazine. Smithsonian, 26 Mar. 2014. Web. 08 Sept. 2016. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-health-benefits-standing-desks-180950259/>.

 

 

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