Standing Desks – The Latest Buzz in Office Health

Standing Desks – The Latest Buzz in Office Health

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:00

About three months ago I bought myself a standing desk. What’s a standing desk you might ask? It’s an electronically controlled desk, that is height adjustable. You can put it down low to work sitting down, or you can raise it up so that you can stand upright while working.

Why would you want to do this? Because it’s been shown to be one of the best things you can do for your health (and productivity). Research suggests that office workers who spend most of their day sitting down have significantly poorer health, including problems with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and musculoskeletal injuries due to poor posture/ergonomics.

In a May 2012 study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, it was found that men who sat the most had the greatest risk of heart problems. Men who spent more than 23 hours a week (watching TV / sitting in cars etc) had a 64 percent greater risk of dying from heart disease than guys who sat for 11 hours or less.

Having been using the desk for a few months now, I love it. I feel much better at the end of the working day and not having the hunched shoulders is always good.

I first heard about all this, from a blog post from Timothy Ferris and recommend a read of this for loads more fascinating insights into the benefits of ergonomically healthier standing desks.

If you regularly get headaches, a sore back or shoulders, or other health problems that you believe are caused by having to sit at your desk for hours a day, look into getting a standing desk. I got mine from www.ergonomicsnow.com but there’s more and more places who supply them these days. Just Google ‘height adjustable desks’ to find one near you.

If you get one, let me know how you find it. To your health.

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.