There has been lots of talk about office workers making a switch to working at a Primecables standing desk. But is all the talk just hype or is their proof? Here are some potential benefits to using a standing desk at the office.
REDUCED OBESITY RISK
Some studies have shown that when all other variables are the same (ie office environment with a standardized diet and exercise regimen) people who sit more during the day—and who sit for longer stretches—tend to gain more weight than people who move more often (or who sit less). Now, “moving more often” could include things like parking farther away from the office to extend your walk, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. It could also mean getting up and moving around every hour—for even just five minutes—to keep the blood moving. A standing desk, then, encourages a little more of this movement no matter how long you are at the office.
REDUCED T2 DIABETES RISK (and risk of other metabolic diseases)
While you could argue that obesity and metabolic diseases are linked—and they can be—using a standing desk can also independently reduce risk for Type 2 diabetes, aside from the association. Studies also show that those who sit for longer periods of time have higher levels of fasting blood glucose. This means that those who sit longer are less responsive to insulin at a cellular level. This can lead to insulin resistance, which can then lead to type-2 diabetes.
REDUCED CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK
Evidence of the cardiovascular risks of sitting too long actually date back to the 1950s but the latest studies provide more concrete numbers. For example, we are little more certain, today, that adults who sit two hours more per day (than their peers) have a 125 percent higher risk health problems associated with cardiovascular disease. In addition, research shows that those who sit for longer periods are about a third more likely to develop heart failure than those who move or stand.
REDUCED CANCER RISK
Cancer studies are plentiful and that benefits us because research tells us that physical activity is one of the best ways to stave off cancer. Inversely, then, we can discern that inactivity—ie: sitting too long—can increase cancer risk. While there is no definitive understanding of the underlying mechanism and relationship between sitting and cancer, the evidence is quite clear.
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