Sitting vs. Standing at Work: Benefits of Standing up

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Today, we spend a long period of time sitting still in our workplaces, which may make us feel tired and stressful, not only on the body but in mind. To chase a healthier working way, some of the ergonomic experts suggest us to change the style of working for sitting to stand. But too much standing makes us feel tired too. So there comes a dilemma of whether it is healthier for us to stand or sit while working? Well, here comes some pros and cons of standing at work.

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One of the apparent benefits of standing at work is that it can help reduces the risk of overweight and obesity. We consume more calories when standing compares to sitting on the chair. A study [1] set out to answer by analyzing data from nearly 50 previous studies that included more than 1,100 people in total, measuring the difference between calories burned while sitting vs. standing. It shows that compared with sitting, standing burned an extra 0.15 calories per minute averagely. It means that for a person substituting sitting with standing for 8 hours a day would burn an extra 72 calories per day. The amount may not be enough to help lose weight, but it could help prevent weight gain and obesity.

Also, standing at work may lower your risk of heart disease. A study [2] found in 1953 that bus conductors who stood all day had half the chance of heart disease-related deaths than the drivers who sit all day long. Today, scientists have developed a much greater understanding of the effects of sitting on heart health. And sedentary behavior is so harmful that even an hour of intense exercise may not make up for the adverse impact.

Moreover, standing at work may even increase your working productivity. According to some of the standing desk users, they feel active physically and more focus on the task while standing. Standing makes you more alert and urgent, while sitting may send a signal of “relax” to your body. Besides, when you stand up, your blood flows better, and your brain gets more oxygen to think better. 

Even though standing at work has so many benefits, it has drawbacks. For example, you may feel more tired if you stand for too long, and it may increase the risk of varicose veins. Prolonged standing puts too much strain on the circulatory system and the legs and feet. Therefore, neither prolonged sitting nor prolonged standing is good for your health. The key to an ergonomic working style is the movement, moving from sitting to standing more often. It is better to stand up for 15 mins after sitting for an hour. In that regard, a well-organized ergonomic office solution is crucial to an efficient and comfortable workplace, which aims to optimize the work environment to fits the workers. 

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