A Standing Desk Could Make You Healthier | Stephen Coleclough
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A Standing Desk Could Make You Healthier

A Standing Desk Could Make You Healthier

For a number of years, it has been believed that standing up while you work could make you healthier.

There is research out there to suggest it can but why has it not been adopted by more people?

There are so many benefits that come with ditching the chair and using a standing desk that it surely has to catch on at some point.

As we are being expected to eat into our retirement years by working for longer, we should consider the impact that your working environment and your desk has on your health.

Many years sat at a desk can give you all kinds of problems but those who opt to work standing up might find themselves feeling on top of the world when they hit the latter part of their career.

So, how can it make you healthier?

Live longer

The research has been carried out that has identified that those who sit for longer periods are more at risk of dying of cardiovascular problems, in fact, the figure is 90% of people will.

That is a scary statistic and should have you up off your feet but if it hasn’t how about the idea of diabetes because that increases by 112% as well.

So, perhaps now is the time to stand.

Increased weight loss

Sitting increases your chances of diabetes but it will also result in you putting weight on which is obviously not very good.

Sitting for lengthy periods reduces the activity of fat-burning enzyme lipoprotein lipase, meaning that you will put on the weight rather quickly.

Therefore, standing for a few hours will help you to shed the pounds or at least keep them at bay.

Keep depression at bay

It can cut the risk of depression but also anxiety because research has found that sitting for longer than six hours per day increases your risk of experiencing anxiety and depression.

If the average working day is eight hours long and you are spending more than six of that sat down then you really do have the potential to suffer from anxiety and depression.

So, if having a stand up desk is not a possibility then simply head outside for a walk on your lunch break because that in itself can help to deal with the risk of anxiety.

Enhanced productivity

Research has found that on average, people spend around 9.3 hours sitting which might not seem real but when you factor in commute times and time spent sitting down at home, it is rather real.

Then, when you factor in sleep, of which people should be getting around eight hours a night, it means that you are not doing a whole lot for around 17.3 hours.

However, dealing with this means that you can arrange meetings while on the move and even give yourself a standing desk.

This will mean that you will be on your feet for a large portion of the day, helping you to become more productive.

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a personal trainer and online fitness/nutrition coach from the UK. He loves heavy squats, smashing PRs and bacon sandwiches. You can follow him on Twitter at ColecloughPT.

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