How a Standing Desk Can Benefit Your Health
Being stuck in a chair for hours can cause harm to your health. It also makes you prone to hunching over, which can lead to back pain and bad posture.According to a U.S. News interview with Fletcher Zumbusch, a physical therapist at Providence Saint John's Health Center's Performance Therapy, a standing desk "promotes more muscle activity and, thus, better circulation compared to a traditional desk…. Spending less time sitting [also] helps keep the hips from becoming tight."
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For a comfier experience and better performance, make sure to set up and use the standing desk correctly. Here are a few important tips:
- A standing desk should be at the same level as your elbows to keep your wrists and your hands straight, which means your elbows will make a 90-degree angle.
- Keep your head, neck and legs in line with each other.
- Alternate your time between standing and sitting equally. For instance, sit or stand 15 to 30 minutes at a time.
- If you keep feeling discomfort after long periods of standing, talk to a healthcare professional for ergonomic assistance.
Another big question people ask: Can a standing desk help you burn more calories? Yes, but it’s not much more than you burn while sitting. Although a standing desk won’t help you lose weight, it promotes many other health benefits, from fighting fatigue and beating inactivity to improving your posture. Here are our top choices.