If you have a job that requires sitting at your desk all day, you understand what back pain and aching legs feels like. You may want to get up frequently to stretching your legs and walk a bit but don’t bother to take the time. However, more and more people are switching to standing desks or even laptop risers that can convert your regular desk into a standing desk until you are ready to sit back down.
Benefits of a Standing Desk:
1. Helps Your Back
Spending more time standing instead of constantly sitting can help relieve the pressure that is put on your back and the base of your spine from sitting all day.
2. Better Posture
Placing your laptop. camera, and other materials at the right high can encourage you to stand upright leading to better posture. If you are sitting all day, you put strain on your back, shoulders, and neck and can lead to pain and some slouching.
4. Improved Blood Circulation
While you are standing, you are not folding or crossing your legs. In fact, you are probably moving a bit and shifting back and forth on your feet a bit, preventing your limbs from “falling asleep” You are letting the blood flow through your body properly.
5. More Focused and Alert
A standing desk helps keep you alert when you hit that time of day when you may have to work a little harder to stay awake. Even alternating between standing to sitting to standing throughout the day keeps your body awake, focused, and feeling better.
6. Burn Calories
If you have a higher chair, you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day which will burn more calories than just sitting all day.
7. Better on Wrists
Standing at your desk prevents you from laying your arms on the table while you type which often leads to strain on your wrists and even pain.
Move a Little
It gives you the opportunity to move around more freely, and you are more likely to take a little break to walk around since you are already standing up. Some work-from-home professionals have even purchased stationary bikes and other fitness equipment that they bring to their standing desks for some exercise during their workday.
If you work from home, this could be a quick fix for you. But if you work in an office, you may not be able to swap out your current desk for a standing desk. Look for a portable standing desk, and you will find options that raise your laptop without doing anything to the desk itself. but before you do that, first maybe check with your boss. More and more employers are noticing the important of standing desks for the health and comfort of their employees. Your boss just may be on board.