Staying in Motion with a Height Adjustable Standing Desk
by Kenny Rhoads
The Height Adjustable Standing Desk has become increasingly more common in the corporate office environment as health risks to prolonged sitting and the health benefits to standing (or sit-standing options) have become widely known. They remain less common in the home office environment, however. Yet there is even more reason for the home office worker to invest in an adjustable standing desk. Why? There are several compelling reasons why individuals who work from home, whether self employed or as a telecommuter, have an even greater need for a sit-stand desk.
The Home Worker
Statistics show that the amount of people working from home has doubled in the last decade and, in certain industries, it has even tripled. There are many benefits to working from home yet there are also a few liabilities not the least of which is, statistically, home office workers move around less. In a corporate office individuals are prone to getting up more: to speak to colleagues, to attend meetings, to make a trip to the restroom, even go for lunch, sometimes walking several blocks away.
Yet these prompts don’t exist for home office workers or are at minimum, greatly curtailed. To make matters worse, oftentimes a home office will be in a smaller space like an unused bedroom or small study. Further, in a home office it is common to have equipment placed in the same office space and close at hand, sometimes not even requiring a person to rise to go the copy or fax machine. In contrast, in a corporate office an individual likely needs to get up and walk to office equipment, sometimes even quite some distance away.
Benefits For Height Adjustable Standing Desks At Home
Because the natural prompts to move around are reduced for most home workers, it is more imperative to invest in a height adjustable standing desk. Having the option to stand for a portion of the day relieves the tendency to stay glued to your chair. When people stand to work, the body moves of its own volition, shifting from one foot to another, pacing to engage creative thinking and generally animating both body and mind far more than if a person were sitting in a chair all day long.
Plus, with an adjustable standing desk, you can change the height to sit for periods of time if you have tasks where sitting is more conducive to accomplishing them. Sometimes, too, just breaking up the day with a stand sit stand office desk alternative relieves stress on muscles and promotes circulation that sitting alone would otherwise inhibit. Keeping the body moving, changing positions and generally activating it not only promotes greater thinking capacity but also burns more calories.
Consequently, home office workers actually have greater need to invest in a height adjustable standing desk. If you are a remote worker, sometimes your company will even pay for the standing desk. At minimum, you would have a deduction advantage along with the health advantages you will gain from standing for a portion of your workday.