Think again – your desk isn’t just a piece of furniture. There has been a vast array of studies revealing the dangers associated with sitting for long periods of time, something many of us do Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. But let’s get serious here, buying a standing desk or a treadmill desk is a huge commitment that many of us aren’t willing to make. After all, you don’t necessarily want to stand the entire time, you just want to stand more. Fortunately, that’s exactly what sit stand desks offer to you – the best of both worlds, all in one style. Oh, but there are so many more benefits that follow, such as the plethora of health risks and dangers you eliminate simply by taking a stand. Let’s take a look at how your health is being destroyed with every hour you spend sitting at your desk.
The More You Sit, The Higher the Risk of Dying Prematurely
We don’t mean to scare you but it’s important that you know exactly what sitting for long periods of time is doing to your body and health as a whole. Studies show that sitting for 8 hours a day increases your risk of dying prematurely by a whopping 12%. That number increases to 40% if you sit for more than 11 hours a day.
What’s even more terrifying is that a lack of activity causes approximately 3.2 million deaths each year. This is particularly terrifying for office workers, as the majority of the day is spent sitting at a desk. The good news is that you can decrease the risk by increasing your activity, and sit standing desks make it easy to do just that without having to sacrifice productivity.
Sitting Increases Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease
The risk of inactivity doesn’t end with dying prematurely (as if that isn't scary enough). Many studies have linked the risk of diabetes and heart disease to sitting too much. This is the result of your body “shutting down”, due to little muscle activity occurring. As a result, you are at a higher risk of experiencing high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels. Shockingly, you are also more than twice as likely to develop heart disease when you sit for prolonged periods than those who sit less. So, it’s time to take a stand for your health and start using a sit stand desk.
Sitting Forces Your Body to Shut Down At The Worst of Times
Although we already mentioned it in the previous section, it’s worth mentioning again – sitting forces your body to slowly shut down due to the inactivity. This can lead to a plethora or additional health problems, such as obesity, mental fatigue, memory loss, a lack of circulation, etc. And considering you’re likely at work when you’re sitting for 8+ hours a day, the last thing you want is your body to shut down. You need to be alert and alive! This is precisely why sit stand desks are essential to productivity in the workplace. Studies have even found that people who use sit stand desks experience a boost in energy, concentration and productivity increased by 10%.
You don’t have to commit to a standing desk, nor do you have to risk your health by continuing to use a traditional desk. Sit stand desks allow you to harness the benefits and comfort of both options.
Firgelli Automations specializes in sit stand desks that utilize robotics to help eliminate the risks associated with sitting for long periods of time. To learn more about how sit + standing desks can improve your comfort and productivity, shop Firgelli Automations. We have a wide range of standing desk lifts that allow you to get the best of both worlds, all in one design.