We love our adjustable height standing desk because it offers a direct answer to a prolific problem; people spend too much time sitting. There is a lot of information available online describing the health risks of sitting too much and how a standing desk is a viable strategy to eliminate these risks. Beyond the serious health benefits, standing also eliminates a few adverse effects of sitting too much that are simply annoying. They aren’t going to kill you or impact your brain’s efficiency, but they will make little things in life more frustrating.
1. Hip flexor tightness – The tendon on the front of your leg that connects from the quadriceps area up over the hip bone affects how your body bends at flexes at the waist, and thus impacts lower back health. If you sit at a desk all day, the hip is bent 90 degrees, and this tendon gets tighter. Hip flexor tightness makes standing up straight more difficult and puts pressure on your lower back when you bend over by making it more difficult for you to bend at the waist. You can also feel this tightness overnight when you find yourself more comfortable sleeping in a fetal position with your legs bent than on your back with your legs straight.
2. Achy, tight hamstrings – Similarly, sitting with your legs bent all day also leads to tight hamstrings. Standing, walking, playing sports, bending over to pick things up, even sleeping on your back all ask your hamstrings to stretch out, and this is uncomfortable with tight hamstrings. It can also give you achy knees in the morning, because of that extra inflexibility on both the front and back of the legs.
3. Upper back and shoulder tightness and creaky joints – Most workstation computer monitors and keyboards aren’t positioned correctly for your body’s ideal ergonomics unless you have an adjustable height desk to get it right. So you end up hunched over your computer as you tire over the course of the day. Standing tall with your back straight and shoulders back, which is a more natural position, becomes difficult.
This leads to tension under the shoulder blades even if you don’t do anything else. But if you try to do something active, maybe a little maintenance on the house, you will suffer soreness at night because of the unfamiliar, but altogether natural, range of motion required for those activities.
These are three of the most common ways your body stops functioning how it should when you spend all day sitting at a regular office desk. Achy joints, inflexibility, and getting sore easier are minor annoyances that stem from our seated culture, but with a standing desk, you can attack the problem head on by changing your desk height and standing up for yourself!