standing while working



The majority of the job requires sitting which leads to a sedentary lifestyle and resulted to extensive sitting. Sitting stabilizes the body since it uses less energy than standing. You sit when you carry out motor skills like driving, computer related works, and creative drawings.

This will foster less movement and health complications. Studies have indicated a probable increase in the risks of colon cancer, kidney disease and  cardiovascular diseases due to extensive sitting.

Ergonomists have long suggested the use of standing desk and the introduction of sit to stand workstations as part of office design. When used properly, standing desk can be beneficial both to the user and the company.

Standing Desks Boost Energy and Concentration

Facebook officials say there is an augment in the number of request for a standing desk from their employees. Greg Hoy, a design recruiter, ask for a standing desk few months after joining Facebook. He noticed that he seldom if not no longer feel tired in the afternoon and he “feels active all day long”.  

Tiffani Jones Brown, a content strategist also requested a standing desk, two months after joining Facebook. She wants to keep her energy level high and sitting makes her tiresome. "I get really tired when I sit all day," Ms. Jones Brown said.

Tiffany Mura who works in a biotech company is using a standing desk since 2012, and can testify that it increases her concentration. She is also getting used to standing at most company meetings although it feels awkward the first time she did stand. Tiffany is actively running to stay fit and yet knew how important standing is. “I’m an avid runner and agree that standing is necessary even for fit people like myself,” she said.

Standing Desk Creates Healthy Working Place

Martha Grogan, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist endorses activities that create physical movement as incorporated into daily activities. She says  “Exercise is very important, but research has found that simply being physically active with your day-to-day activities can keep your heart healthy.”

The activities could be gardening and cleaning. For office workers this includes taking the stairs instead of elevators, take distance parking and walking to your destination, periodic simple movements, like standing, walking, and stretching throughout a long workday.

Dr. Alan Hedge, a professor of Ergonomics at Cornell University, suggests periodically alternating between sitting and standing while at work. He said there must be regular movement between sitting and standing. Every 3o minutes, a break of at least 2 minutes is required  to do some walking, stretching and standing.

Research has shown that frequent small breaks improve levels of comfort, work performance, and reduces the risks of musculoskeletal injuries.

Trevor Nelson, a presenter of BBC Radio 1Xtra is standing up and is using electronically adjustable desks in presenting his programs.

"I think you've got to think of doing something during the day that doesn't involve going to a gym", he says.

Health benefits are just one of his considerations in using the standing desk. It is important for him to work productively and with increased energy.

He concluded, "I feel more aware, I feel sharper, standing gives me more energy while I'm on air".