Stand Up for Your Health

Taking the steps to evolve your workstation into one that allows you to both sit and stand can affect your health in monumental ways. When you're ready to build the workspace that uplifts you, we're here to help. This page was made to help you find the best ergonomic tools to achieve an ideal sit-stand balance at work.

Work Better. Live Healthier.

More Sitting = More Health Problems

Epidemiologic studies have reported that sitting time is not only associated with all-cause mortality*, but also with metabolic syndrome and non-communicable diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular diseases, and even some cancers. [1]

*All-cause mortality is defined as all of the deaths that occur, regardless of cause, in a single population or collection of populations during a period of time.

"Thirty-five chronic diseases and conditions are associated with sedentariness." [2] These aren't minor health problems, either. We're talking major conditions like...

In a separate study tracking the correlation between sedentary behavior and mortality, researchers found that people who sit for bouts of 60+ minutes were associated with a greater risk for all-cause mortality. [3]**

And It Gets Worse...

Physical inactivity is associated with major non-communicable diseases and all-cause mortality. It's estimated that 31% of the global population does not meet current physical activity recommendations. The burden of disease attributable to inactivity was recently estimated to be responsible for 6% – 9% of the total deaths worldwide. [1]

"Among all the countries, sitting time >3 hours/day was responsible for approximately 433,000 deaths." [1]

Are You Ready to Make a Change?
Take a Stand.

Bodies Were Built to Move

Standing more doesn't just stop the development of deadly diseases; non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT), or the calories that are expended by staying active throughout the day, has been found to actually improve the way the body handles insulin [2]. Want an easy way to incorporate more activity into your day? Try adding a height-adjustable standing desk and a motion board to your workspace.

"Brief interrruptions to sitting can lead to significant reductions in postprandial glucose and insulin - irrespective of activity intensity." [4]

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Ergonomics & Energy Levels

Instead of reaching for the afternoon caffeine buzz to make it until 5 pm, try getting a jolt of energy from walking on a desk treadmill while you work. Researchers found that breaking up periods of sitting throughout the day with short sessions of light-intensity walking was enough to boost energy levels in the fight against fatigue. [5]

Or if your goal is to sit less, try standing up while you work to put a spark back into your workday. Finch, Tomiyama, and Ward found that participants felt more engaged, alert, and enthusiastic while they were standing at a desk rather than sitting. [6]

And when you really feel up to it, an ergonomic bike like the E3 Under Desk Exercise Bike can help you burn even more calories than you can by standing in place or even walking. Vary the way you move at your desk with a bike that allows you to be healthier at in the office.

Need tips on how you can set up your sit-stand workstation to enjoy all of these work-boosting health benefits? No worries, just use our Ergonomic Calculator to get quick and reliable measurements of your ideal ergonomic heights for your desk, monitors, keyboard, and office chair.

"Within minutes of standing and walking, a person's energy expenditure doubles. A person moving at 1-2 mph expends an additional 100-250 calories per hour (depends on size of person, etc.) above basal energy expenditure." [2]

Ready to Stand Up for Your Health?

Standing more is a scientifically proven way to help you stay healthier. By simply 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. More energy, increased productivity, and less risk of developing a host of health problems are just a few of the things you have to look forward to when you take a stand against sitting. Don't you think it's time you took the first step?

References

1. Machado de Rezende, L. F., Herick de Sa, T., Mielke, G. I., Viscondi, J. Y., Rey-Lopez, J. P., & Garcia, L. M. (2016). All-cause mortality attributable to sitting time: Analysis of 54 countries worldwide. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 51(2), 253-263.

2. Levine, J. A. (2015). Sick of sitting. Diabetologia, 58(8), 1751-1758.

3. Keith M. Diaz, PhD; Virginia J. Howard, PhD; Brent Hutto, MSPH; Natalie Colabianchi, PhD; John E. Vena, PhD; Monika M. Safford, MD; Steven N. Blair, PED; and Steven P. Hooker, PhD. (2017). Patterns of Sedentary Behavior and Mortality in U.S. Middle-Aged and Older Adults. Annals of Internal Medicine.

4. David W. Dunstan, Bethany Howard, Genevieve N. Healy, Neville Owen. (2012). Too much sitting – A health hazard. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 97(2012)368–376.

5. Wennberg, P., Boraxbekk, C., Wheeler, M., Howard, B., Dempsey, P. C.,... Dunstan, D. W. (2016). Acute effects of breaking up prolonged sitting on fatigue and cognition: a pilot study. BMJ Open, 6(2).

6. Finch, L. E., Tomiyama, A. J., & Ward, A. (2017). Taking a stand: The effects of standing desks on task performance and engagement International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(8), 939.

** "Accumulation of sedentary time in bouts of 60 to 89 and 90 or more minutes was associated with a greater risk for all-cause mortality; conversely, accumulation of sedentary time in 1- to 29-minute bouts was associated with less of an increased risk." ( Diaz et al., 2017)