Standing Desks – A New London Fad or Something More?

So, London has seen its fair share of fads, from Beer Yoga to men’s knitting circles and the Brompton bike. The latest is a trend that has been hitting the wire is the standing desk.

The ‘Ergonomic’ standing desks (as they are known) offer a number of health benefits, which are as follows:

  • Standing will burn greater calories than sitting. This suggests that standing throughout the workday can help reduce you gaining weight. A study maintained that there were reduced blood sugar levels in people who used standing desks. (Standing may especially be a good idea after lunch, when your body is chewing over food).
  • Other research indicates that standing desks can assist in lowering your risk of getting heart disease.
  • Standing desks may lessen chronic back pain.
  • Standing desks may reduce fatigue and boost energy levels. A further study noted that people who used standing desks showed as less tired at the end of the day.

But is it just a passing trend or is it here to stay? Well, the facts seem to state that standing desks have been around for a few years already, but whether they will stay is another question. ‘Sit-stand desks’ as they are also called, adjust their levels around a person’s height. They aim to provide the same ergonomic support you would have while sitting.

The importance of posture

The most crucial element to using a standing desk is to make sure that you can always move and keep a good posture. A mixture of both sitting and standing during the day is perfect.

Good posture is associated more health benefits. One of them is the potential to reduce back pain, it can also lead to fewer headaches. That’s because muscle tension in the back/neck can trigger headaches.

Changing positions between sitting and standing can reduce muscle soreness, according to a leading massage therapist. Changing positions can ‘wake your body up’, it can also improve your circulation and makes you more alert.”

Good posture can also make breathing easier. Standing up gives lungs more space to inflate.

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