Are standing desks really good for us? Science weighs in

February 27, 2020

By Ethan Miller

Standing desks have been all the rage lately, especially since “sitting is the new smoking,” as some are quick to say. Not to mention, some of these standing desks look pretty slick. Aside from being visually pleasing, are these fancy new desksĀ actually more healthy for us, or are they just a fad?

Sitting Vs. Standing

Research has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can cause health problems such as increased risk for heart failure, obesity, diabetes, and a shortened lifespan. While these risks should be taken seriously, it isn’t certain that standing desks would solve any of these potential health issues.

So what are the benefitsĀ of standing desks, if there are any?

Fact Or Fad?

The reality is that the benefits of standing while working haven’t been well researched. For this reason, we can’t assume standing all day is really more healthy than sitting at a normal desk.

“At the moment, there is uncertainty over how big an impact sit-stand desks can make on reducing the time spent sitting at work in the short term,” Nipun Shrestha, a researcher from the Health Research and Social Development Forum, said. “Given the popularity of sit-stand desks, in particular, we think that people who are considering investing in sit-stand desks…should be aware of the limitations of the current evidence base in demonstrating health benefits.”

Time Will Tell

Don’t expect to lose any weight if you invest in a standing desk, either. The body uses about the same amount of energy while standing as it does while sitting.

Considering some of these desks can range anywhere from $200 to $600, the “benefits” of a standing desk seem like more of a marketing scheme than something that will keep you healthy. Only time, and more research, will tell how truly beneficial standing desks can be.
Ethan Miller

By Ethan Miller

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