Unfortunately, the Pandemic has shifted many workers to remote workplaces, such as kitchen tables, home offices, and couches and has also increased the amount of time they sit in front of screens each day. Hours of sitting in an uncomfortable position can lead to increased back and neck pain, increased risk for heart disease and weight issues, and reduced mental health.
Fortunately, you can fight back against the impacts by switching up your workspace with a more health-conscious option – a standing desk. Standing desks have grown in popularity in the past few years as people have looked for ways to improve their health, while boosting their productivity.
Studies show that switching to standing desks can help reduce the amount of strain on backs. One particular study reported that those who stood while they worked for at least an hour each day saw a 54% reduction in their upper back and neck pain.
Standing desks may decrease the risk of heart disease. Research has continued to report that workers who lead a daily sedentary lifestyle are more likely to have heart and cardiovascular health issues. Yet, with a simple change in daily activity that risk can be greatly reduced.
Standing desks are also great for those who are looking for an easy addition to their weight management or weight loss program. When standing and working, your body is more fully engaged in physical activity, which means you are actively burning calories.
A major issue facing office employees is the rising rates of anxiety and depression. While there are many factors to consider when looking at mental health, one aspect that many agree on is the overall feeling of “blah” that comes from being seated all day. Individuals who switched out their seated workspace with a standing desk said that they felt happier, healthier, and felt less stressed.
Making a switch to a standing desk may bring many benefits to your health! This simple switch can completely change your workplace environment. While a standing desk can be a bit to get used to, over time the benefits far outweigh any negatives.
Please consult with Dr. Jeffrey Klein, Klein Chiropractic Center, West Chester, PA who can answer any questions you may have regarding your switch to a standing desk!