Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Standing Better Than Sitting?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Both standing and sitting have their pros and cons. The best solution is to find a balance between the two. An ergonomic sit-stand desk that allows you to easily switch between sitting and standing is a great option.
Is a Standing Desk Good for Lower Back Pain?
Yes, it is. Sitting at a desk for long periods can cause lower back pain. Studies have shown that using a standing desk can help reduce chronic lower back pain over time. By alternating between sitting and standing, you can shift your posture and reduce inactivity, allowing you to find a more comfortable position.
Is Standing Good for Your Heart?
Yes, it is. Sitting for extended periods can increase the harmful effects of blood sugar and fat metabolism, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease. Standing is a great way to reduce this risk. Inactivity suppresses an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase, which breaks down fat in the blood and processes it for muscles to use during activity. Sitting reduces lipoprotein lipase production by about 90%, whereas standing helps keep it active.
Does Standing Burn Calories?
Yes, it does. Standing burns more calories than sitting still because more muscles are engaged. Studies have shown that standing burns about 8 more calories per hour than sitting. This may seem like a small amount, but it adds up over time. If you add other movements to your workstation, such as an under-desk treadmill or a desk bike, you can burn even more calories.
Is It Good to Stand All Day?
No, it is not. Standing all day can be just as damaging as sitting all day, causing tightness and discomfort in the legs and back. Prolonged standing is associated with lower back pain, fatigue, and discomfort. Experts recommend that standing desk users start slowly, working up to standing about 5-15 minutes out of every hour.
How Long Should I Stand a Day?
The exact amount of time you should stand each day will vary from person to person. Many ergonomic experts recommend that standing desk users start slowly, working up to standing about 5-15 minutes out of every hour. Standing, walking, and moving at least 2 hours in an 8-hour workday confers the most benefit. Remember that any movement during the day counts, such as trips to the coffee pot or the conference room, a walk around the office or the house, or a few brief stretches. A standing desk just makes it easier to meet your overall goal.
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