About Your Standing Desk
For decades (and perhaps longer), mankind has known that a bit of physical activity is good for you. A couple of years ago, and in a growing movement, researchers began pointing to the ill effects of spending too much time on oneâ€™s behind. They looked at rates of disease and spinal health and whatnot.
Newspapers and magazines, no doubt in an effort to inform the public, loudly announced that â€œSitting is Killing You!â€ Reputable publications, including TIME Magazine, proclaimed that â€œsitting is the new smoking.â€
Wait just a minute.
Science indeed found that sitting too much leads to obesity, heart disease, and maybe even a shorter lifespan. But that was all sitting â€“ at work, watching television, eating, driving, etc. Suddenly everyone was in the market for a standing desk. But simply buying a new desk and lurching to your feet missed the broader mark.
A century ago, we routinely stood at work. As a result, we had problems with our feet, constant backaches, bad joints, and a workforce of varicose veins. In a mad rush of innovation, we designed plush office chairs, ergonomic wonders of sitting, and somewhere along the way decided that a large blow-up ball meant for yoga was equally at home under our rear end and in front of our keyboard.
Sure, standing instead of sitting burns a few more calories, but not as much as taking the stairs. Standing and burning calories may help fight obesity-related illnesses, but not as much as putting down that extra donut. Itâ€™s the actual moving around that does the trick.
Thatâ€™s right. Lying down.
As study after study details the benefits of a good nightâ€™s sleep and proper rest, another company created a convertible desk that features a hidden compartment with a mattress for a mid-day slumber. We wonâ€™t allow that here at Ball Office Products.
Our suggestion is to take a look at our partner Trendway. They offer a line of adjustable tables. Want to sit? Sit. Need to stretch a bit? Raise the desk up and stand. No napping, and you canâ€™t lie down unless you empty your inbox.
In the meantime, move around a bit. Eat a salad. Do something other than watch television. And leave your desk alone.