Research confirms that a sedentary lifestyle appears to be detrimental in the long-term.The answer is incorporating standing, pacing and other forms of activity into your normal dayand standing at your desk for part of it is the easiest way of doing so.
Here's a list of some of the benefits scientists have found so far:
Better Blood Circulation
Standing allows your body to adjust and move easily flexing your muscles continuously. It also keeps your blood circulating well. All this keeps your blood sugar better regulated and keeps your blood pressure lower.
Improved Posture and Less Back Pain
Sitting at a traditional desk leads to a lot of compression within the chest and abdominal cavities, slouching of the shoulders and rolling of the spine. These are classic causes for repetitive stress injuries and back pain. Working at a standing desk will keep your core and back muscles engaged throughout the day and improve your posture.
Increase Mental Sharpness
Another benefit of a standing desk is an increase in your focus, alertness and activity level. These all support each other. When standing it is easier to release restless energy. Combine that with the good circulation, stable blood sugar and an active metabolism and it is easier to focus on the task at hand..
Reduced Risk of Obesity
Failing to take advantage of constant movement opportunities, it turns out, is closely associated with obesity. And research suggests that our conventional exercise strategysitting all day at work, then hitting the gym or going for a run doesnt combat the negative effects of sitting. A desk that encourages you to stand at least some of the time is one of the most convenient means of doing so.
Lessen the Risk Type 2 Diabetes
Sitting for extended periods of time is correlated with reduced effectiveness in regulating levels of glucose in the bloodstream, part of a condition known as metabolic syndrome, which dramatically increases the chance of Type 2 diabetes. People who sit for long periods during their day had significantly higher levels of fasting blood glucose, indicating their cells became less responsive to insulin.
Curb the Risk Cardiovascular Disease
Scientific evidence that sitting is bad for the cardiovascular system goes all the way back to the 1950s, when British researchers compared rates of heart disease in London bus drivers (who sit) and bus conductors (who stand) and found that the former group experienced far more heart attacks and other problems than the latter.
Reduced Risk of Cancer
A handful of studies have suggested that extended periods of sitting can be linked with a higher risk of cancer, including breast and colon cancer, which are increased by lack of physical activity.
Lower Mortality Risk
Because of the reduced chance of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, a number of studies have found strong correlations between the amount of time a person spends sitting and his or her chance of dying within a given period of time.
The Bottom-line is that a standing desk can help improve your overall health and wellness. Start you standing desk journey by splitting your time between standing and sitting, because standing all day can lead to back, knee or foot problems. The easiest ways of accomplishing this are either using a desk that can be raised or tall chair that you can pull up to your desk when you do need to sit. Its very important to ease into it by standing for just a few hours a day at first while your body becomes used to the strain, and movement.