So, you’ve perhaps heard of standing desks and you may even be interested in investing in one for yourself. Maybe you’ve heard how a standing desk has revolutionised a friend or colleague’s office experience and they can’t stop raving about how great it is. But do you really know the true benefits of what a standing desk can do for you?
Standing desks have been around for a while but the dawn of the pandemic woke more people up to their usefulness. Installing a standing desk in your home or office allows you to get your work done while gently exercising. The need for extra time in the day to be active has gone. With a standing desk, that time is there in your work hours. Our guide aims to help you discover just some of the fantastic benefits of bringing a standing desk into your life.
Ok, so why do I need a standing desk?
Burn more calories and keep obesity at bay
Although there is no direct evidence that standing desks prevent obesity, there is plenty of science that tells us that keeping active is much healthier for our bodies than sitting. Research has shown that an afternoon of using a standing desk (and moving while doing so) while working can burn over 170 calories more than sitting at a normal desk. That’s 850 extra calories burned in a five-day working week. If you’re trying to lose weight, that can be a huge (and noticeable) help!
Lower blood sugar levels
The higher your blood sugar levels after a meal, the worse it is for your overall long-term health. A study was carried out on 10 office workers who used a standing desk for an afternoon. The results showed that blood sugar level spikes dropped by 43%, when compared to sitting for the same amount of time. Keeping your blood sugar levels is essential for keeping conditions such as diabetes at bay or under control.
Standing for a portion of the day takes the pressure off of your neck and spine. Sitting hunched over for a prolonged period of time can play havoc with your posture. Having the option to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day alleviates the physical stress on certain points of your body, creating a more balanced and comfortable stance.
At FRISKA, we recommend moving while using your standing desk rather than standing still. If you’re not used to it, static standing can actually have a detrimental effect on your back and leg muscles, so it’s important to keep active. An anti-fatigue mat can help tremendously here. The lovely, soft cushioned base enables you to move your feet around without additional pressure.
The ultimate solution for moving while standing is the use of a Gymba board which enables extensive foot and ankle movement. It allows you to ‘walk’ while standing without it being a distraction like some solutions, such as running machines, are. Watch the benefits under test conditions:
Reduced back pain
Several studies have been done involving workers who have back pain. On average, participants reported a 32% improvement in their back pain after using a standing desk for four weeks. In fact, the London Spine Clinic recommends sit-stand desks to its patients with chronic back pain because they’re comfortable whether you’re sitting or standing.
If you’re unfortunate enough to suffer with back pain, particularly lower back pain, keeping active with a standing desk for some of the day will no doubt relieve the pressure of a continuous sitting position.
Happiness and productivity
There is a lot of evidence to suggest that using a standing desk increases productivity and boosts your mood. One study, lasting seven weeks, resulted in 87% of workers feeling more energised throughout the day. In contrast, there is a wealth of research out there that suggests that sitting for most of the day is linked to increased levels of anxiety and depression.
If your current workspace is actively making you feel lethargic, unmotivated and generally down, it’s time to change things. A clean, healthy standing desk could be exactly what you need to get your mojo back, see your productivity soar and start feeling happy again.
Make your FRISKA desk unique
So, now you know the amazing standing desk benefits, have we convinced you to invest? Of course, no great standing desk stands alone. We have a range of accessories available to make your standing desk experience more comfortable and convenient.
Memory Control Switch
Pre-set your favourite sitting and standing heights with a memory control switch, which you can override at any time. Minimum and maximum heights can also be set in addition to the memory function, to eliminate the risk of collision with radiators, pedestals, window sills or picture frames.
Under desk storage
No need to have a separate filing cabinet for all your important bits of paper. Our storage solutions slip right under your FRISKA standing desk. Complete with soft-close drawers and ball bearing runners, they’re a fantastic solution for a messy, disorganised workspace. They’re sleek, stylish, fully mobile and our Akkan range of pedestals even come in bright, funky colours!
Desk mats and boards
Both our Nyborg mat and Gymba board are designed to make standing more comfortable. They work to redistribute your weight, taking the pressure off of your feet and spine. Made of high quality rubber, it has been proven that these helpful additions improve blood circulation while standing. Portable and easy to store when not in use, the Gymba board also allows you to gently move while you’re working. Perfect for maintaining a comfortable active work day!
Screens and panels
Your FRISKA desk can be accessorised with a privacy screen or modesty panels. Modesty panels shield your legs from view while privacy screens provide both privacy from and a block on distraction from colleagues sitting directly opposite.
Screens also provide a good measure of acoustic absorption and help reduce echoes within your office space. So, both of these customisations are especially useful if your standing desk will be situated in a shared office.
Electrical accessories and cable management
You can even embed power outlets into your standing desk, eliminating the need to bend down to plug your laptop in underneath the desk. We have a range of solutions for keeping cables tidy too. From cable ports integrated into the standing desk to cable trays that can be fitted under your desk. They house your chargers, power leads and hard drives, so there’s no need for unsightly, messy wires to be all over the place anymore.
So… do you want one yet?
Standing desks are so much more than a passing fad. They have a huge amount of both physical and mental health benefits and we hope our guide has given you just a taste of what a standing desk can do for you.
FRISKA desks include all of these perks and can be fully customised and accessorised to your needs. We’ve got your back, so come and join our family of happy standing desk users! See what they’re saying…