Sitting is killing us all slowly, which is why standing desks have made such a roaring increase in the marketplace over the last few years. Today’s infographic looks at the issue of sitting vs. standing desk options.
Sitting Vs. Standing Desks
Infographic provided by Beyond the Office Door and transcribed below in case you can’t see it!
Height-adjustable desks are known for standing up and working, which can save you from several health risks:
- Leg muscles shutting down any electrical activity
- Calorie burning dropping to 1 per minute
- Your breaking-down-fat enzymes drop 90%
- Good cholesterol dropping 20%
A human being is not designed to spend hours hunched up in a chair, looking at screens on a fixed focal plane, and talking on the phone.
The death rate for women who sit more than six hours a day is about 40 percent higher.
Men who spend six hours or more per day of their leisure time sitting have an overall death rate that is about 20% higher than the men who sit for three hours or less.
A fully heigh adjustable table system, which provides a wide range of flexibility, can be a decent solution to the health issue:
According to self-reported survey data from almost 3,500 people, Sitting time outside of work (watching TV, using a computer, driving, etc.) was negatively associated with mental health for women.
Chronic Kidney Disease
A study of 6,379 people between the ages of 40 and 75 found that even controlling for physical activity and body mass index, those who sat less had lower risk of having chronic kidney disease.
Obese individuals sit 2.5 more hours a day than lean individuals, according to a November 2009 Obesity study. Sitting more is associated with Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of factors, like abdominal obesity, low levels of “good cholesterol,” high blood pressure, that together push people into a higher risk for heat disease, stroke, and diabetes.
A January 2013 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that both before and after being diagnosed with colorectal cancer, more leisure time spent sitting down meant a higher risk of death. The study tracked the self-reported habits of more than 2,000 patients with colorectal cancer for up to 16 years after their diagnosis. The most physically active had a 28 percent lower chance of dying than those who exercised less.
By reducing “excessive sitting” to less than three hours a day, the U.S. life expectancy could increase by two years, according to a July 2012 study in BMJ Open. Reducing TV time to less than two hours a day would bump it up by 1.4 years.
Percentage of Americans who meet physical activity guidelines during one year, walking 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
6-11 years: 42%
12-15 years: 8%
16-19 years: 5.6%
20-59 years: 3.5%
60 years +: 2.4%
Routinely change your sitting position to reduce excessive loads being placed regularly on the same body parts. You may arrange the desk configuration depending on your current activity.
Movement and change of posture during the day not only have significant health and well-being benefits, but also support key work scenarios.
A study found that users with adjustable desks eventually were only standing 20% of the time.
Distance from the screen: The correct length is no less than the distance from one’s middle finger to their elbow.
Posture: Use adjustable seats in order to drift down to different sitting positions.
Ambient light: Avoid a single light source, as it will burn your freshness and tire your eyes.
There are a number of American companies that have given their employees the option of a sitting or standing workstation. Will yours be next?
Learn more about standing desk options for your office by visiting the useful posts linked below. You can find information on standing desks to fit any budget or working style!
- The 5 best standing desk converter kits
- The best ergonomic standing desks available
- Standing desks under $100
- How to build a standing desk for under $22