To Sit or to Stand… or Both? | Four Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

September 26, 2022 

4 Benefits of Using a Standing Desk

If you find yourself feeling tired during your workday — you’re not alone. A survey found that 69 percent of employees become physically tired during their workday. Utilizing a standing desk is a simple solution that will fight that workday fatigue. Plus, there are many other benefits of using a standing desk, including increased energy and reduced back pain. Read on to discover how standing at work can improve your life! 

1. Increased energy

  • Prolonged, uninterrupted sitting can lead to decreased energy and leads to fatigue. Many find it difficult to get through the day at work; particularly if you’re constantly fighting off sleepiness. According to a study completed by the National Library of Medicine, office workers who incorporated standing at their desks into their workday reported increased energy and less stress.  

2. Reduced back pain

  • Slouching is a common occurrence for those sitting at a desk all day. Over time, bad posture can lead to strained muscles and chronic back pain. Incorporating periods of standing during your workday can improve your posture, as well as act as a “reset” for your body by relieving pressure on your neck and lower back. Research has found that hybrid sit/stand working helps to alleviate back pain.  

3. Improved mood and boosted productivity

  • A 2016 study found that call center employees who used standing desks during their workday were 46 percent more productive than employees who solely used traditional seated desks. Researchers of the study cite that standing while completing your work improves cognitive function and decreases bodily discomfort — which leads to increased overall productivity. If you’re interested in more ways to increase your productivity, check out this Apt CoWork blog post.  

4. Improved circulation

  • Another benefit of using a standing desk is improved circulation. Sitting for long periods of time can lead to insufficient blood flow and cause the blood to pool in the lower extremities. When circulation is decreased, blood flow to the brain is decreased which impairs cognitive function and can even lower your life expectancy. 

You don’t have to stand for all hours of your workday to receive the benefits of using a standing desk. Aim to stand for 20–30 minute intervals until you find the amount that is comfortable and beneficial to you.  

Want to feel these benefits for yourself? Check out coworking at Apt CoWork! All our locations feature standing desks. To find a location near you, visit our website. Plus, there are plenty of other benefits of coworking.