Infographic by Beyond the Office Door
Key information from the sitting vs standing desk infographic above:
Sitting vs Standing Desk
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. Sitting is killing you.
- The DEATH RATE for women who sit 6 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 PERCENT HIGHER than the men who sit for three hours or less.
A fully height adjustable table system, which provides a wide range of flexibility, can be a decent solution to the health issue:
According to a 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 on 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 inviduals sit 2.5 more hours a day than lean individuals, according to a November 2009 Obesity study. Sitting is more associated with Metabolic Syndrome, a combination of factors like abdominal obesity, low levels of good cholesterol, high blood pressure, that together push people to a higher risk for heart 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 mean 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 the 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 a week, 60 minutes for children 16 and under).
- 6-11 years – 40%
- 12 – 15 years – 8%
- 16-19 years – 5.6%
- 20-59 years – 3.5%
- 60 years and older – 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.
- 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.