8 Benefits of a Standing Desk

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A Happier, Healthier Way to Work

The scientifically-proven cure for all our workday sitting problems.

No matter how much we focus on our health, the quintessential American work routine rarely allows us to harness the health benefits of movement. Between our morning and afternoon commutes, company meetings, desk work, and catching our favorite TV show on the couch, we spend most of our waking hours sitting down. What's a surefire antidote to all this workday sitting? Scientifically-proven, height-adjustable desks (also known as standing or sit/stand desks)! In comparison to a fixed standing desk, which can be just as bad for you as a traditional sitting desk, a height-adjustable desk cultivates the health benefits of movement by allowing users to freely switch from a sitting position to a standing position every hour or so. A growing body of research supports the benefits of standing desks and the myriad of ways they improve your life, from boosting productivity and preventing adverse health conditions caused by sedentary habits to increasing the probability of a pain-free workday by 80%.

Stand Up for Your Health

Check out the eight amazing health benefits you experience from using a height-adjustable desk.

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1. Double Your Energy

Within minutes of standing and walking, a person's energy expenditure doubles.1

2. Improve Your Mood

Those who sit for more than six hours per day show more signs of psychological distress than those who sit less. Standing at your desk has been shown to improve your mood and reduce depression, fatigue, and tension. 2

3. Harness Joint & Muscle Movement

The musculoskeletal movement required to consistently transition from sitting to standing counteracts the health repercussions of the modern workday routine.7

4. Boost Your Productivity

Standing at your desk has been shown to raise productivity by up to 45%.3

5. Lose Weight

Lose almost six pounds a year by standing instead of sitting for six hours a day.4

6. Improve Mental Focus

Moving enhances the creation of new brain cells, improving critical thinking and focus. 5

7. Lower Your Risk of Disease

A sedentary, physically inactive lifestyle is the fourth leading cause of mortality worldwide. Standing has been linked to lower rates of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes.4

8. Reduce Caffeine Intake

Periodic standing sessions—rather than coffee or energy drinks—provide a more natural defense against those pesky afternoon crashes.8

Our mission at UPLIFT Desk is simple; we're here to provide the best selection of beautiful, functional, sustainable, and affordable standing desks and ergonomic furniture to enable you to work better and live healthier.

Jon Paulsen

Founder & CEO

Our Bodies Were Built To Move

our bodies were built to move

Our Bodies Were Built To Move

As a modern, information-based civilization, we've moved away from the industrial and agrarian societal work patterns adopted by the generations before us that required ample physical movement. Studies show a correlation between the lack of movement over several generations and the drastic increase in potentially damaging health issues. This proves one simple but important fact: our bodies were made to move.

The transition from sitting to standing through the use of a height-adjustable desk is a scientifically proven way to help you practice a healthier lifestyle and be more present throughout the day. By standing 15 minutes every hour, you'll start to feel the benefits of a sit-stand lifestyle without having to ramp up your exercise regimen or commit extra time to working out. If you really want to maximize your movement, using a desk bike for 30 minutes is a great option.

  • daily burn

    Standing burns around 50 calories an hour.4

  • weekly burn

    Standing for three hours a day for five days burns 750 calories.4

  • marathons

    If you burn 30,000 calories a year, it's the equivalent of running ten marathons!4

Millions of employees have already reaped the benefits standing desks can offer. A study completed at the NHS determined that these desks reduced the time employees spent sitting while increasing their overall productivity and positive company culture. Similarly, an Australian study found that activity-promoting desks can improve employees' ability to pay attention, accomplish tasks, and even manage stress. Employees at various other companies have seen the same results. Apple CEO Tim Cook has ensured that all 12,000 workers at his new headquarters were issued their very own standing desk, and the government of Denmark has mandated that all office workers have the option to adopt a sit-stand work style.

Improve Your Ergonomics

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Improve Your Ergonomics

The principle behind ergonomics is simple—fit the task to the person, don't make the person conform to a poorly-designed task. By limiting the amount of time you spend sitting, and by focusing on movement through alternating your postures with a standing desk, you can reduce pain and strain while increasing your comfort levels at work. Adjustability is essential in your desk, chair, monitor arm, and keyboard tray. Make sure everything meets the full ANSI/BIFMA requirements for adjustability (UPLIFT standing desks and chairs do!), and then position them to fit your body.

Many certified professional ergonomists will tell you, "your next position is your best position." That's what this industry is all about: designing products and systems that encourage you to move and work comfortably/optimally.

Reduce Back Pain


Using a sit-stand workstation has been shown to significantly reduce lower back pain.5

Decrease Neck Pain


The CDC found that standing an hour a day at work can reduce upper back and neck pain by more than half. 2

Improve Your Posture


A standing desk allows you to improve your posture by training your back to stay straight with your shoulders pulled back.

Reduce Arm and Wrist Strain


A height-adjustable desk allows you to keep your arms at a 90-degree angle and your wrists level, reducing arm pain and putting less strain on your wrists.

Where We Fit In

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Where We Fit In

The numerous health, productivity, and ergonomic benefits mentioned above are the reason the UPLIFT V2 Standing Desk is at the heart of everything we do. It enables you to stand, sit, and move throughout the day, and when you do, your work surface will always be at the perfect height for the task at hand. Chosen as the "Best Standing Desk" by Wirecutter, Forbes, Wired, and Lifehacker, our newest standing desk comes with increased stability, safety, and reliability. Our "one-touch" height adjustment allows you to transition between sitting and standing with a tap of a button, and our steel frames are built with contract-grade quality to ensure that the desk you invest in today will help you live better and healthier well into the future.

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drawbacks of desk converters

One of the biggest drawbacks of desktop "converter" products is that only your keyboard and monitor move up and down with you. You're then stuck reaching for your phone, coffee, and paperwork all day. Furthermore, some converters elevate the "seated height" of your desk, which can lead to discomfort.

benefits of height adjustable desks

With our height-adjustable desks, all your work materials move as you do, and your seated height is perfect every time. After all, you'll typically still spend the majority of your time seated, but you can work at the ideal seated height and stand up frequently. Our products accommodate a seated 5th percentile (5'0") to a standing 95th percentile (6'3") with the UPLIFT V2 Commercial Desk. The standard UPLIFT V2 Desk travels 3" higher and can accommodate treadmills that raise the user around 5". However, if a full sit-stand desk isn't an option yet, our E7 Desk Converter is an excellent option because it maintains your ideal seated height, unlike other converters in the industry.

Note: Our UPLIFT V2 Commercial Standing Desk is designed to meet the ANSI/BIFMA G1-2013 height requirement standards and adjusts from 22.6" - 48.7". Shorter users that are around 5'0" tall can still use our regular V2 frame and sit ergonomically, but we recommend a keyboard tray for optimal keyboard/mouse positioning while seated.

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Molly F.

Dramatic statement for sure. However this desk has saved me. I was having significant (stop you in your tracks) pain (neck, back and arm) due to improper height of my desk and the inability to stand. The Uplift has been great.

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Zach F.

Was dealing with a lot of back pain, but having the option of spending 30 minutes standing and 30 sitting makes a huge difference.

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Jacob S.

I ordered an UPLIFT V2 Standing Desk because I constantly have back pain from sitting too much. The desk has been a great resource to me, and having the ability to going from sitting to standing and back in just a matter of seconds makes working so much easier.

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Sonia B.

I put in a lot of time researching various standing desks in the market and ultimately decided to give UPLIFT a shot. Boy, am I happy with the decision! The delivery was very quick, setup was straightforward (and fun!), and once it was all said and done, it was one beautiful, sturdy desk.

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Nick C.

... if you aren't sure about standing desks, buy one and don't look back. The ability to switch between sitting and standing easily throughout the day is a life saver for lower back pain.

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Trevor B.

I honestly felt I'd be standing about 20% of the day in order to change it up and relieve my back and neck. Turns out I prefer to stand about 80% of the day. I also find myself moving around a lot to music and feeling generally more free...

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Carol W.

I am crazy about my beautiful new desk and everyone who comes into my office is taken by how gorgeous and efficient it is and is blown away by the quiet and effortless manner in which I can go from a sitting desk to a standing desk in a matter of seconds.

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Victor C.

Standing at my computer for part of the day is truly a revelation, but I now see that an adjustable-height desk allows other options, too, such as sitting on a pillow or using a foot rest. Being able to vary my position keeps me from feeling stiff and cramped.

We're thrilled that UPLIFT desks are helping hundreds of thousands of people worldwide improve their lives.

Jon Paulsen

Founder & CEO

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References

  1. Pronk, Nicolas P., et al. "Reducing Occupational Sitting Time and Improving Worker Health: The Take-a-Stand Project, 2011." Preventing Chronic Disease, vol. 9, 11 Oct. 2012, 10.5888/pcd9.110323. Accessed 27 Sept. 2019.
  2. Mehta, Ranjana, et al. "Standing Up for Learning: A Pilot Investigation on the Neurocognitive Benefits of Stand-Biased School Desks." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 13, no. 1, 22 Dec. 2015, p. 59, www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/1/59, 10.3390/ijerph13010059.
  3. Garrett, Gregory, et al. "Call Center Productivity Over 6 Months Following a Standing Desk Intervention." IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2016, www.tandfonline.com/eprint/​km4nB428SqEGEqw7Bwjz/full.
  4. Telegraph.co.uk. "Office Workers Could Lose Half a Stone a Year Simply by Standing up at Work." The Telegraph, 31 Jan. 2018, www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/31/​office-workers-could-lose-half-stone-year-simply-standing-work/. Accessed 6 Nov. 2019.
  5. Friedman, Richard A. "Opinion | Standing Up at Your Desk Could Make You Smarter." The New York Times, 19 Apr. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/04/19/opinion/​standing-up-at-your-desk-could-make-you-smarter.html. Accessed 6 Nov. 2019.
  6. Neighmond, Patti. "Sitting All Day: Worse For You Than You Might Think." Npr.Org, 2019, www.npr.org/2011/04/25/135575490/​sitting-all-day-worse-for-you-than-you-might-think. Accessed 6 Nov. 2019.
  7. Levine, James A. "Sick of Sitting." Diabetologia, vol. 58, no. 8, 24 May 2015, pp. 1751–1758, link.springer.com/article/​10.1007%2Fs00125-015-3624-6, 10.1007/s00125-015-3624-6. Accessed 6 Nov. 2019.