Staying healthy while working a desk job can be a challenge. Sitting in an office chair for eight hours a day can leave you feeling stiff and lethargic. Sometimes it might even be hard to stay awake on particularly dull days at work.
People are finding themselves less active as they continue to work from home. As we creep towards a year of being in a pandemic, people are finding themselves itching to move more and feel less stagnant.
Taking a walk is a great way to move your body while and wake up a little while at work, but there hardly ever seems to be a spare moment in the day. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that can help you stay more active and more awake at work- a standing desk!
Benefits of a Standing Desk
Standing desks allow you to work while standing up, helping with your physical and mental health. Standing desks come in a variety of styles and often have adjustable height settings for maximum customizability and comfort. Standing causes your body to experience a small amount of stress that is not produced when you are sitting. This small dose of stress makes you more alert allowing you to better complete your work.
Standing has been proven to lower your risk of heart disease. Prolonged sitting is thought to increase the risk of heart disease by 147%. Sitting can also increase your risk of developing diabetes. Standing also helps you lose weight as it burns more calories than sitting does. By switching to a standing desk at work you could be getting paid to lose weight!
Still not convinced? Here’s a few ways to make your transition into using a standing desk a breeze.
Adjustable Standing Desk
You don’t have to start out standing eight hours a day!
Try buying this motorized sit to stand desk that easily transitions to fit your work needs. Start by standing for thirty minute increments, and then sitting for another thirty minute. Slowly increase the time you spend standing to 40 minutes, then 50, then an hour at a time.
Next, begin to decrease the amount of time you spend sitting from 30 minutes down to 25, 20, and so on and forth. Do this until you are able to stand for long periods of time.
You don’t have to commit to standing all day, every day if you buy a standing desk. Even just standing for an hour a day reduces blood sugar levels by 2%.
Try purchasing a standing desk even if you are only planning on standing for a small amount of time every day. Your heart will thank you!
Convert Your Existing Desk
You also have the option of converting your existing sitting desk into a standing desk with this Electric Riser. By using the Electric Riser you are able to enjoy the health benefits of a standing desk without giving up the storage and space of a traditional sitting desk.
Use a Rolling Chair
Buying a rolling chair will also help assist with this transition. Having an office chair with wheels will make it far easier to move your chair to another part of your office when you want to work standing up.
Try this Modern Mid Back Mesh and Leather Office Chair. Its compact design makes it easy to store your office chair in a corner while you're using your desk in standing mode.
Invest in Some Comfortable Shoes
If you usually wear three inch heels all day at work it might be worth considering switching to a more comfortable shoe when you make the change to a standing desk. Comfortable flats are an excellent option to help you feel supported.
If you don’t want to give up style for comfort, try keeping an extra pair of more comfortable shoes in your office for when you’re using your standing desk- that way when you’re walking through the office you’re looking your best, but you’re still able to be comfortable when need be.
Buy An Anti Fatigue Mat
If you experience soreness of feet when standing for long periods of time you may be reluctant to make the switch to a standing desk.
Luckily, Beverly Hills Chairs has a stock of anti-fatigue mats! Anti-fatigue mats such as this ActiveErgo Anti-fatigue mat are a must have when making the transition from a sitting desk to a standing one. They will reduce soreness in your feet and allow you to remain standing longer.
Make the Switch Today!
Switching to a standing desk is the right choice for your health. It’s a simple way to add years to your life and help you remain productive while you work.
Beverly Hills Chairs is here to provide you with a brand new standing desk and all the accessories you need to make your transition go as smoothly as possible!