Standing Desks: Enhanced Circulation And Mental Function
by Kenny Rhoads
What is good for the body is often good for the mind. So say many researchers about adjustable height standing desks. Numerous studies have drawn attention recently to the dangers of sitting at your computer for hours on end – from cancer to obesity to increased risk of back, neck and wrist injuries. So, too, has research found some significant benefits in standing while working for a portion of each day. It has been found that standing alleviates stress and strain on the back, engages enzymes that burn fat and significantly increases circulation, which promotes more efficient cellular activity throughout the body, particularly the brain. Enter the adjustable computer desk to create the best of both worlds.
Standing desks allow users to sit for periods of time and undertake tasks that may be more conducive to sitting, or to simply give their feet a break. Conversely, other tasks greatly benefit from standing, especially for workers who use large computer equipment such as CAD systems that design architectural plans or engineering systems.
The affects of circulation on the body and the mind
While specific tasks may benefit from a particular sitting or standing position, overall physical health and mental acuity is substantially increased while a person stands. Standing facilitates optimal blood flow, particularly in combination with occasional movement that naturally occurs when we stand. The improved circulation carries oxygen-rich blood which, in turn, stimulates cellular activity. And while this cellular activity boosts the functioning of major organs, it is the mind that achieves particular benefit, with an outcome of improved performance in the workplace.
The elevated workstation
While some standing desk users raise and lower their workstations, others choose to leave them elevated and simply use a stool when needing to sit for prolonged periods. Using a high stool or chair allows an individual to go back and forth from sit-to-stand positions without having to lower or raise the desk. Still other workers may select standing desks that have a bar beneath the desk so they can rest one or the other foot on the bar from time to time. A resting bar further enhances circulatory activity by alternating foot positions.
Increased creativity while standing or pacing
All that oxygen generated from standing at an adjustable height standing desk promotes greater problem-solving skills and stimulates the creative process. Some individuals gain greatly from pacing near or around their workstation. It is obvious that while the staff person benefits, so, too, does the company for which he/she works. The pay-off for businesses is a healthier and more productive workforce which can’t be emphasized enough.