Have you noticed some of the most recent office trends? Some people are choosing to sit on a giant exercise ball instead of a chair. Others are crazy enough to have one of those treadmill desks.
While working out on the job may seem like an efficient use of time, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. However, standing desks may provide a more viable alternative to sitting down for 8+ hours a day. So what are the pros and cons of using one?
4 Pros of Using a Standing Desk at Work
1. It burns more calories: Some people like to start their day with a good run or a spinning class. Others prefer to sleep in or simply don’t have the time to squeeze in a morning workout. If you fall into the latter category, having a standing desk could help you burn an additional 50 calories an hour. If you were to stand for, say, 4 hours of your workday, that’s the equivalent of running two miles.
2. It lowers your blood sugar levels: If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you understand how crucial it is to monitor your blood sugar levels. If it gets too high, you may experience blurred vision, headaches, and/or fatigue. What if there were a simple way to lower blood sugar? It turns out, there is. Replacing sitting with standing for portions of the day will reduce blood sugar levels in obese people.
3. It eases the strain on back, neck, and shoulders: If you work at a desk for most of the day, chances are that you spend a good amount of time hunched over. It’s uncomfortable and often results in back pain. Switch it up by standing for a couple of hours a day to relieve that constant stress from your muscles.
4. You’ll be more productive: Because standing makes you more alert and focused while at work, it makes employees an average of 10% more productive than when they’re sitting down.
3 Cons of Using a Standing Desk at Work
Although standing at work has several noteworthy benefits, you need to consider all angles before deciding whether this would be a good change for you. Among the negatives of working at a standing desk are the following:
Sore Feet: People who work in retail and the service industry can attest to this. Standing for long periods of time will result in achy feet and lower limb muscle fatigue.
Ergonomics: Ask any Workers’ Compensation attorney about the consequences of bad office ergonomics, and they’ll show you an extensive list of client files. Your computer screen should be at eye level. You should have a resting space for your elbows and wrists. Standing desks are only beneficial if you adjust ergonomics accordingly.
You may need different shoes: There’s a reason why doctors and nurses often wear orthopaedic or running shoes. If you’re going to be on your feet for hours at a time, you should wear shoes with a wider toe box, or that provide additional cushioning and foot support.
So if you love wearing high heels, and/or you often have to dash to the courthouse, you’ll have to bring an additional pair of shoes for the periods you’ll be standing at your desk.
Alexander Orthopaedics Has Healthcare Providers Who Provide Foot and Ankle Treatment and Care
We’re certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Call us or or schedule an appointment online to evaluate whether a standing desk is a good option for you. We’ll help you get back to work by putting your best foot forward.