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How Standing Desks Can Increase Fitness

15 April 2022

Everybody knows that exercise is important. It helps us to lose weight, maintain a healthy body mass, keep muscles strong, keep organs healthy and metabolize food better. It can also help to keep away nasty diseases and mental health problems. Yes, there is no doubt about it - we should all be exercising.

Here’s the problem. It’s difficult to find the time to exercise when we’re working. Up early to maybe catch a little breakfast before time takes it away from us. Then straight to the computer where we sit in front of it, tolerating our bad posture and the back pain that comes with it. Afterwards we’re tired, our bodies ache and we just aren’t in the mood to do anything other than relax after a long day. We get it. It happens to all of us.

The good news is, innovative exercise trends and technologies now enable us to work and exercise at the same time, which we will now talk about.

Time to Take a Stand (For Your Health’s Sake)

There are some home workers, even some office workers, that use an incredible device to work on. A device that not only increases focus, boosts productivity and betters your mood, but also lowers risk of heart disease, obesity, back and neck pain too. This device is a standing desk (or height adjustable desk).

The main point of it is fairly simple: you can stand while you work. But it’s so much more than that. Standing is inherently more active than sitting, and enhances the flow of blood leading to better circulation and a higher metabolism. In the long term, this reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. On top of that, keeping good blood flow helps to keep energy levels high. If you often find yourself sleeping through meetings, not being able to focus on documents or your eyes closing by 3pm, a standing desk can help with this. You can also pair a standing desk with a foot cushion for added circulation support and increased focus and energy.

Now you might think: well, why don’t I just exercise after work or in between meetings? Even if I don’t feel up to it, surely that has similar results? Well, yes and no. In fact, even those who exercise regularly face the same health risks if they also sit down for too long too frequently. And given that the average office worker spends 75% of their life sitting down, even regular exercise, despite the clear health benefits of doing it, can be undermined by working in a regular chair. This is why getting the right kind of chair that supports your body (otherwise known as an ergonomic chair) is essential.

The Stats for Standing Desks

Standing desks not only offer long term health benefits, but also ones you can see straight away. These include the fact that more calories are burned from standing than from sitting, with one study showing that standing sheds 88 calories an hour, compared to 80 calories for sitting. But that’s just standing still, so you’ll actually find yourself being more active on your feet than in a chair, thus burning more.

You’ll also marvel at the eradication of back pain, almost instantly after making the switch from sitting to standing. Sitting for long periods of time tightens your muscles and can hurt your lower back, especially if you have bad posture. Standing desks help ease back pain, with the body feeling more free and loose so tight muscles become things of the past.

A few days in from turning to standing desks, you’ll find your productivity, mood and energy has skyrocketed. In a study of call centre employees, those with standing desks were 45% more productive on a daily basis than employees who sat during their shift. By being more productive than your peers, you’ll find your professional goals become closer to reach and your happiness in your career will grow.

How Flexispot Can Help

We’d recommend looking at the Classic Standing Desk EG1/EF1 to start your journey of working while standing. With a motorised adjustable height and an affordable price, it is our most popular model. Also take a look at our other height adjustable desks and see how you can increase productivity while also keeping active and benefiting your health!

If standing desks don’t take your fancy, we also offer loads of products designed to keep your body fit and painless while simultaneously enhancing your mood and productivity. So, why not look around our online store and see how we can make your dreams a reality.

Or if you want to learn more about us and our products, and how they can help you reach your professional goals, please speak to us and we’d be more than happy to help.