Have you ever used a standing desk? Or even seen one?
It has been said that sitting is this generation’s smoking. It has been proved that sitting for long periods of time is not good for your health. And since most of us work sitting down all day long, intrepid furniture companies are trying to get us off our bottoms and working standing up!
I have even seen some standing desks that have treadmills underneath so you can get your workout in while you work!
I am not sure I could use a standing desk every day or if it will ever be my primary desk but it does seem like many workers are enjoying them. Here are some of the pros and cons as I see it.
Points For a Standing Desk:
- Standing keeps the mind awake and the blood flowing
- It can help with back pain. Too many office chairs just aren’t great for your back.
- Standing improves posture
It also helps you “stand” out. Let’s face it, if you need to break the ice with anyone or impress a client or colleague, letting them know you work at a standing desk is something that is distinctive and can set you apart.
People remember things that are different. Having a standing desk is definitely different!
Points Against a Standing Desk:
- Harder to relax or eat lunch at your desk
- You will get sore feet and legs, especially in the beginning
- If you work long hours it can be difficult to stand all day
You may it find surprising but standing desks have become the focal point in a greater argument that is trying to emancipate the American workers’ soul.
In an incredible NY Times article titled “Is Sitting a Lethal Activity?”, Dr. James Levine, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic proposes that “there is a malaise about being tied behind a computer screen seated all day…The soul of the nation is sapped, and now it’s time for the soul of the nation to rise.”
If a standing desk can be better for my physical health and help my soul “rise up,” I just might have to give one a try.