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Health Benefits of Standup Desk

What are the health benefits of standing while you work?

According to a study by the Spine Resource Clinic at the University of Washington, sitting puts 40 percent to 80 percent more stress on the back than standing. A standup desk allows you to relieve that stress.

According to The Health and Safety Regulation of Great Britain, "Sitting at a workstation for a long period of time…can lead to back pain." Many leading authorities on ergonomics and back pain are in agreement with this statement, and claim most people can work better and longer in a standing position. Standing will help reduce muscle tension caused when muscles remain static or fixed in one position for too long, commonly seen when seated. In fact, Dr. Joseph Sweere, in The Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, Dec. 1998, says, "Stagnant circulation (or ‘Static Loading’) can result from sitting too long at the computer." Standing will naturally utilize more muscle contraction and movement because workers will use their whole body to perform tasks. When remaining static, muscles will fatigue more easily, circulation will decrease, you will become uncomfortable and tasks will become more difficult to complete.

The Anderlyn Stand Up Desk enables the worker to stand tall, maintaining the natural curves in the back. When seated, more often than not, as the day goes by, the worker begins to slouch, no matter how great the design of their chair. Slouching increases stress on your back and can also make you feel less energetic.

Standing has been shown to diminish repetitive movements and awkward postures seen with sedentary, seated workers. At the end of the day you will feel far less fatigued as a result of improved circulation. You will also find that your flexibility, strength and energy will be enhanced.

Note: Each year, musculoskeletal disorders cost the U.S. economy between $13 billion and $20 billion in health care costs, workers’ compensation claims and lost productivity. Source: National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Specific health advantages of the Anderlyn Stand Up Desk

  • Health issues related to computer use drive the development of the Anderlyn Stand Up Desk. The Anderlyn Stand Up Desk will fit anyone without compromise.
  • The Anderlyn Stand Up Desk is made specifically for your height and is large enough to accommodate your work area: i.e., it allows workers to arrange their desk so the items they need most often are within reach; and they don’t have to lean, bend or twist at the waist.
  • The Anderlyn Stand Up Desk allows the position of the keyboard to be at elbow height, and keeps your wrists relatively straight and your fingers slightly curved while you are working. This decreases the future risk of tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. The angle between your upper arm and forearm should not be far from 90 degrees.
  • The table allows you to make sure your workstation and tools fit you and the activity you are doing, ultimately limiting any injury.

Some recommendations while standing

  • The height of your monitor should be adjusted with the top of the screen at your eye level.
  • The standing posture keeps your head and neck in a neutral position and about 18 to 30 inches away from the monitor screen. OSHA standards call for an eye to monitor distance of 18-24 inches. Other research indicates less eye strain at 40 inches or more.
  • Keep your elbows at 90 degrees.
  • Make sure your wrists are not bent.
  • Stand tall, maintaining the natural curve in your back.
  • Standing on a gel or cushed mat takes the pressure off your feet.
  • Check you posture constantly. Move around. Take a short break every 20–30 minutes. Also known as active breaks, these mini breaks reduce muscle tension caused when muscles remain static or fixed in one position for too long. Resting and stretching for 3 to 5 minutes or changing tasks gives your body a chance to recover from working a long time in one position (whether standing or sitting).