Sitting at your desk all day can quickly become uncomfortable, but a height-adjustable desk can bring welcome relief.
It’s a frustratingly common experience for many office workers: standing after a day of sitting brings all sorts of aches and pains that weren’t there when you walked through the office doors in the morning.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. With a height adjustable or standing desk, you can alleviate some of the more pernicious effects of being seated all day.
What’ss the problem with sitting?
Sitting for extended periods of time is not good for your health; obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and premature death have all been linked with long hours of sitting, according to Harvard Health’s faculty editor, Robert Shmerling.
Beyond these more serious effects, sitting at a desk all day can introduce back and shoulder pain that can reduce productivity.
Is standing better than sitting?
Standing can help relieve some of the troubles that sitting all day creates.
The main benefit is often an improvement in shoulder, back and neck pain — standing allows the body to get into a new position and work muscles that wouldn’t have to work when sitting.
Some of the health problems that can result from too much sitting are more a result of a lack of movement than sitting, specifically. For these problems, standing won’t make a great deal of difference because you’re still remaining in a relatively fixed and unmoving position.
That said, standing can come with its own discomforts too. Unless you’re used to it, standing all day can bring about pain in the legs and swelling in the feet.
So with all that, it’s missing the point a bit to ask ‘which is better: sitting or standing?’, because each position has its upsides and downsides. The best solution is to therefore get a desk that can allow you to do both, and alternate between the two as you please.