New Study Shows Benefits of Standing Desks vs. Sitting Chairs

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Updated August 30, 2022

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, meaning that when we get sedentary, we are on the decline, so check out 10 of the best standing desk and stay in motion.

Ask your friends or coworkers about standing desks, and you’ll probably hear the same refrain: “I heard they were healthier.” With research showing that sitting is not great for the human body, people assume that standing desks are just better, in part because they keep you moving. What we didn’t know is just how much difference the top standing desks of 2017 for Gadget Review actually make when it comes to things like calories burned – but now we’ve got an interesting study to reference.

So think about this info when you are looking for the best smart desk.

This study, found in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health, studied 74 people and their more sedentary habits: Those in the study were asked to work on a laptop or watch TV – first while sitting, then while standing, then while walking around at a normal pace, each for 15 minutes.

The energy use of the participants was carefully measured, and the research reached several conclusions. First, standing as opposed to sitting does burn more calories, around 9 calories per hour. That…doesn’t sound like much, right? But think about it like this: If you are standing instead of sitting for around 6 hours a day, that 54 calories per day burned, and around 270 calories burned per week. If you’ve ever tried counting calories, you know that’s a significant number when trying to lose weight.

Standing Desk
Sure standing burns some calories, but it may not be enough for you.

Second, the study showed that moving while working burns a lot more calories, which makes a lot of common sense. Third – and because of this – the study isn’t a very good look at standing desks in the office. The standing participants were instructed not to move at all, but in the office, you may be frequently moving around your desk and repositioning, which will burn significantly more calories. The office numbers are probably more of a median between the motionless standing and walking around stages of the study.

Despite how much or little you’re moving around, working a standing desk with exercise equipment is crucial for proper blood flow. Now, you can use a Zero-G or a regular standing desk, or even a fixed standing desk vs an adjustable one, but keeping your body in motion is good for blood flow. However, if you are sitting more frequently, you’ll want to prop your feet up on a footrest even if you have a standing desk footrail. If you don’t put your feet up now and again, the blood will pool in your ankles and make your feet swell. Great way to get a blood clot.

Ultimately, we need more in-office studies to narrow down the benefits. But overall, if you want to lose weight then a standing desk will make a difference – and it can make a big difference if you use an office treadmill or move around at the same time. This is, of course, in addition to other benefits from getting out of your chair, like positive impacts on your blood pressure and blood sugar.

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