You may find the question silly: how to use a stand-up desk? After all, isn’t it self-evident? But there are actually a few tips and tricks to using a stand-up desk to its full advantage.
The motivation: an increased risk of breast and colon cancer, obesity, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and chronic back and neck pain – these are just some of the frightening risks associated with sedentary jobs or “desk jobs”, occupied by millions of Americans.
Of course, this is not new information. However, a new study led by Dr. Timothy Church has revealed alarming updated statistics that show just how much of an impact these desk jobs are having on the obesity epidemic in the U.S.
“In 1960, 1 out of 2 Americans had a job that was essentially exercise,” he told Healthline.com. “That’s plummeted. Now, conservatively, it’s less than 20%.”
As the problem worsens, more and more companies across the country are beginning to tune into a possible solution: the stand-up desk.
In fact, according to a report from the Society for Human Resource Management, stand-up desks are now the fastest growing employee benefit in U.S. workplaces, with 44 percent of companies now either providing or subsidizing the use of standing desks. In 2013, this figure was a mere 13 percent.
In 2017, Healthline.com reported that a stand-up desk can help burn an additional 170 calories per day, or 1000 per week, whittling down our waistlines and working towards reversing the obesity problem.
But that’s not all: stand-up desks are also said to boost mood and energy, reduce back pain, and even help you live longer.
What does the company get out of this investment in employee wellbeing? Well, happier, healthier employees are good for business in more ways than one: they contribute to a better company culture; productivity is improved; and customers notice the positive difference in service levels too.
If you’ve acquired a standing desk or are wondering how to use a stand-up desk, the following tips will help you. That way, you can maximize its benefits!