Why Sit When You Can Stand?: The Overall Benefits of Standing Desks

What is one thing you love about working in your office? How about one thing you hate? If you answered sitting all day at your computer for the second question, we feel you.

Studies show that too much sitting can have adverse affects on your overall health. That back pain, the aches you feel when you stand up, and even your high cholesterol can be attributed to sitting for more than three hours a day.
But what if we told you that there was a way to alleviate all of this? Varidesk’s sit-to-stand desk allows you to go from sitting to standing while you work throughout the day. We know what you’re thinking – standing while working doesn’t sound comfortable at all. But with relief from things like back pain and fatigue, many users find standing to be preferable to sitting very early on. Also, standing while you work has numerous health benefits that can help you live a better life day to day. Below we’re going to go over just a few of the real ways Varidesk’s standing desks can help improve your health.

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So you’re eating right, exercising before or after work but your weight is dropping at the rate of molasses. If you’re one of millions of people who work in an office, then sitting may be your weight loss problem. It doesn’t seem like it could negatively affect your weight loss goals that much, right? But let’s put it like this, you work for about eight hours a day, that’s A LOT of sitting. We doubt you stand to eat your lunch so that lunch break doesn’t do you any favors. Sitting for this amount of time significantly slows your metabolic rate and can negate any workouts you do get in that day.[1]

But imagine yourself coming back from lunch to a standing position in your office. Not only does this prevent you from getting sleepy after eating but research shows that standing can reduce the effects of “[being] overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”[2] Standing is a simple alternative to sitting and can also benefit your cardio-metabolic health.[3] So, are you convinced yet?

Improved Back Pain

Standing Desk Relieve Back PainNo, you’re not getting old. Back pain can also be attributed to sitting too much. If you find yourself shifting too much in your chair to get comfortable then you may want to think about just kicking that chair out from underneath yourself and standing with your Varidesk. One study found that switching between sitting and standing throughout the workday can lead to a 54% reduction in neck and back pain.[4] Not only that but “95% of standing desk users felt some relief from lower back pain within 15 days.”[5]

Brain Health

Keeping your sanity while your overly exuberant boss tries to get you to make your latest project “more hip” is hard. We get it. But “reducing occupational sitting time may have mental health benefits.”[6] This includes anxiety, depression, memory loss and any feeling associated with being overwhelmed and causes you to just not be yourself. This Texas A&M study shows that “continued utilization of the stand-biased desks was associated with significant improvements in executive function and working memory capabilities.”[7] The brain is important, Varidesk’s sit-to-stand desk wants to protect its functions.

Heart Health

Your heart needs exercise, the right foods, AND less time sitting. Spending less time sitting and more time standing lowers blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight, which means a lower risk for heart disease.[8] With heart disease being the reason for 1 in every 4 deaths in the United States, it is worth taking that extra step towards a healthy heart and getting moving throughout the day.[9]

Improved Life Expectancy

We all want to live a full and happy life. That’s the goal. But the one thing that can reduce your life expectancy is sitting while you work. If none of the above were enough to convince you that Varidesk’s standing desk is the perfect suit for you then maybe this will. Reducing sitting time to three hours per day caused life expectancy to climb by about two years! [10]

Sitting for prolonged periods of time can increase your chances for health issues. Health issues that could have been prevented by simply standing. Do yourself a favor and talk to your boss about getting sit-to-standing desk for your whole office.


[1] Association Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Accelerometer-Derived Physical Activity and Sedentary Time in the General Population. Kulinski, Jacquelyn P. et al. Mayo Clinic Proceedings , Volume 89 , Issue 8 , 1063 – 1071 <https://secure.jbs.elsevierhealth.com/action/showCitFormats?pii=S0025-6196%2814%2900382-6&doi=10.1016%2Fj.mayocp.2014.04.019&code=jmcp-site>.

[2] Owen, Neville, Geneviève N. Healy, Charles E. Matthews, and David W. Dunstan. “Too Much Sitting: The Population-Health Science of Sedentary Behavior.” Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. U.S. National Library of Medicine, July 2010. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3404815/>.

[3] Healy, Genevieve, Elizabeth Winkler, Neville Owen, Satyamurthy Anuradha, and David Dunstan. “Replacing Sitting Time with Standing or Stepping: Associations with Cardio-metabolic Risk Biomarkers.” European Heart Journal, 30 July 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/07/29/eurheartj.ehv308>.

[4] Pronk NP, Katz AS, Lowry M, Payfer JR. Reducing Occupational Sitting Time and Improving Worker Health: The Take-a-Stand Project, 2011. Prev Chronic Dis 2012;9:110323. <http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2012/11_0323.htm>.

[5]Ognibene, Grant, Wilson Torres, Rie Von Eyben, and Kathleen Horst. “Impact of a Sit-Stand Workstation on Chronic Low Back Pain:… : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.” LWW. JOEM, 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://journals.lww.com/joem/Citation/2016/03000/Impact_of_a_Sit_Stand_Workstation_on_Chronic_Low.11.aspx>.

[6] Munir F., Houdmont J., Clemes S., Wilson K., Kerr R., Addley K. Work engagement and its association with occupational sitting time: Results from the Stormont study Environmental and occupational health. BMC Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 1, 12 December 2015. <http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755296613000252>.

[7]Mehta, Ranjana K., Ashley E. Shortz, and Mark E. Benden. “Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks.” Ed. Rachel Davey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13.1 (2016): 59. PMC. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4730450/>.

[8] Healy, Genevieve, Elizabeth Winkler, Neville Owen, Satyamurthy Anuradha, and David Dunstan. “Replacing Sitting Time with Standing or Stepping: Associations with Cardio-metabolic Risk Biomarkers.” European Heart Journal, 30 July 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/07/29/eurheartj.ehv308>.

[9] “Heart Disease Facts.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. N.p., 10 Aug. 2015. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm>.

[10] Katzmarzyk1, Peter T. “Sedentary Behaviour and Life Expectancy in the USA: A Cause-deleted Life Table Analysis.” British Medical Journal, 9 July 2012. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/4/e000828.short>.



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