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Should You Use A Standing Desk?

Standing Desk Variations & Which Is Best for You

Sitting down all day is our #1 habit to nix for a healthier lifestyle, because it can lead to a host of health problems (with bad posture being one particularly painful side effect.) If you find yourself sitting for most of the day, it may be time to invest in a different type of desk.

But, don’t rush out to buy a whole new office setup quite yet. There are also a number of downsides to standing desks that merit consideration. In today’s blog, we’ll explore whether a standing desk is right for you. We’ll also touch on another type of alternative desk that’s gained popularity in recent years, and explain why it’s not an option that experts suggest.

Why should I try a standing desk?

Simply put, a person working an office job tends to spend way too much of their day sitting, and humans aren’t meant to live such sedentary lifestyles. If your desk isn’t ergonomic, you might be looking down at a computer screen or holding your hands in uncomfortable positions while typing all day, too.

Sitting for hours on end is linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some types of cancer, and a shorter life. The next logical conclusion would be that standing up more often alleviates some of these risks.

However, as the American Cancer Society points out in its assessment of standing desks, research hasn’t been done to prove or disprove these assumptions.

Downsides of standing desks

If you want to try a standing desk, don’t go from sitting all day to standing all day. This is a surefire way to end up with sore feet and an achy back, and you may even find that your productivity decreases as a result. That’s not the effect we’re going for with a standing desk!

Frankly, spending too much time in any single position doesn’t feel great. Most people find that a combination of sitting and standing feels best, which is why adjustable height desks are so great.

Since standing, like sitting, can strain your body, it’s important to pay attention to the type of surface you’re standing on. Ergonomic, anti-fatigue mats are an easy and

affordable solution that will save your feet (and back.)

Are exercise balls a good replacement for an office chair?

Exercise ball chairs (also called yoga ball chairs) are another new type of working arrangement that people are trying in hopes of establishing healthier habits. The theory is that sitting on a large, unstable ball will help improve posture and give you a tiny workout at the same time.

While it sounds like an ideal solution to sitting down all day, experts agree that exercise ball desks are all hype.

According to ErgoPlus, “Virtually all of the research points to exercise balls causing more problems than solutions, and most experts recommend sticking to a traditional (ergonomically correct) office chair.”

So, save the exercise ball for fitness, like this 20 minute, full-body stability ball exercise routine.