To sit or to stand? Both have their positives and negatives. Many businesses have made the move to utilise sit-stand desks in the office. A lot of research is against prolonged sitting, as it has been shown to be linked with higher rates of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, higher prevalence of some types of cancer and lower life expectancy. Be aware, however, that standing desks also come with their own issues. Prolonged standing has been associated with low back pain and deep vein thrombosis in some populations. Further issues can include strain to the body when trying to operate some of the manual standing desks.
The ideal scenario includes a mix between the two. Our bodies love movement, as that’s how they gain a lot of their nutrients. So changing positions at least every thirty minutes, allows the body to get some variation and movement. Naturally, going for a short walk or doing some mobility exercises would be the most beneficial, but utilizing standing desks is a piece of the overall puzzle.
With standing desks, always be aware of correct footwear, standing postures and incrementally increasing how long you stand for. One of the best ways to reduce workplace physical symptoms is to have a movement routine optimized for you. Reach out to the physiotherapists at Gemini Health Group in Richmond Hill, who will be able to tailor this to your unique body and goals.