For work or play, if you find yourself having to sit for more than 1-2 hours at a stretch, you should consider opting for a standing desk.
Medically stating, using the exact phrases taken from the Adult Health section of MayoClinic’s website, it says; ‘If you're using a standing workstation, you've already made a move that might improve your health. Research has linked sitting for long periods with health problems, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels.’
Standing helps you burn 20% more calories compared to sitting, it increases your muscular activity and improves your alertness, concentration, and performance.
It combats the problems associated with the ‘sitting disease’, which is, all metabolic problems that happen as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.
Of all the problems that it helps correct, the top on the list would be the back pain and if ignored, would progress into a cause for alarm especially in later years. 80% of mature adults complain of back pain and it is the highest health problem common to office workers who have to sit most of the day.
In 2011 a project was carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called ‘Take-a-stand Project’. This project which made 24 office working participants use a standing desk for over an hour a day for 4 weeks. The result of their activity showed that the participants experienced a 54% pain reduction in their neck and back.
History, fun fact of the standing desk
As early as the 1400s, a master creator known as Leonardo da Vinci owned a standing desk, which he used to create many of his awesome works such as the Mona Lisa. According to him, the standing desk helped his creative juices flow.
In America, Thomas Jefferson was one of the earliest owners and users of a height-adjustable standing desk.
Yes, it is safe to say that some people acquire a standing desk for stylish and high-end interior décor purposes. A good standing desk does justice to that cause. It was after all recorded to be owned only by the high and mighty in the 18th century.
Health Benefits of Kneeling Chairs
If you do need to sit to work, we recommend using a kneeling chair. A kneeling chair is not a stool, neither is it a typical chair. It is a specially made type of chair that keeps you between a sitting and kneeling position, thereby eliminating the position that can be destructive to your posture like the conventional right-angled chair can.
The kneeling chair was recorded to have come into existence in the 70s and has since the early 80s steadily crept its way into the hearts of Americans (all thanks to Norway).
A simple non-rocking kneeling chair
Kneeling chairs help primarily with reducing or preventing lower back pain. When you use a kneeling chair, you can more easily tuck your pelvis. By doing so, your spine takes the correct alignment and position.
Instead of the 90 degrees trunk to thigh angle you get with a conventional chair, a kneeling chair creates a 110-degree trunk to thigh angle. What this does is evenly distributes your body weight and greatly reduces the stress or pressure on your spinal disc. Take the pain away so you can focus more on the important work you have to do.
Some more points to note:
-It is advisable to wear supportive shoes when taking a standing stance for long
- You can reduce stress by standing on an anti-fatigue mat
- When just starting with a standing stool, it is okay to still retain your old chair, so you can use it at intervals until your body completely adjusts
- It is okay to use a timer as a reminder of when to alternate posture
- For clarity sake, it should be noted, that we are not endorsing the standing desk or kneeling stool as a replacement for exercise
- Our body speaks to us, so pay attention to your body’s reaction and do not hesitate to speak with a certified health practitioner or a physical therapist trained in ergonomics when you notice anything out of the ordinary.
What’s the worst that can happen from using a standing desk?
Okay so let’s be fair here, if we are to look at the possibilities of any drawbacks associated directly or indirectly from using a standing desk here is what I found; nothing should be forced but efforts should be made.
Our bodies were not meant to remain in one posture for prolonged hours, if you have been doing that for a number of years you would need to guide your body into gradually getting used to a standing desk or a kneeling chair. A long time of damage caused by too much sitting cannot be undone overnight, so give it time.
Without a doubt, a kneeling chair and a standing desk are a whole lot better and would provide immense health benefits than their typical others.
Take this article as a health call; sitting used to be an occupational hazard but since the advent of standing desks and kneeling stools, people across the globe are standing up for their health and you should join the train.
Our bodies were not meant to remain in one posture for prolonged hours
In Da Vinci’s voice… allow your creative juices flow.