Can a Standing Desk Be Harmful?

Columbia, SC Workers’ Compensation Lawyers discuss the ways in which standing desks can be harmful to workers. A standing desk is designed for writing or reading in a standing position. The popularity of standing desks has grown rapidly under the idea that too much sitting is just as bad for the body as smoking. However, the benefits of standing at work all day have been hotly debated. One Harvard study found that employees who stood at their desk only burned eight more calories per hour than their sitting co-workers. While it is unlikely that a standing desk will help avoid weight gain or aid in weight loss, standing desks may have some benefits, including reduced risks of:

  • Shoulder and back pain
  • Colon and breast cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes

Standing Desk Health Issues

Although standing may reduce risks of certain health issues, it is important to remember that standing improperly or for too long can cause other problems. Those who swap their seat for a standing desk may experience leg and foot pain, as well as lower back discomfort. Further, standing for long periods of time with bad posture can cause other issues, including:

  • Knee damage
  • Sway back
  • Weakened abdominal muscles
  • Increased risk of carpel tunnel

Additionally, the American Journal of Epidemiology reported a 12-year study that found an increased risk of heart disease for those that stood for most of the day. Studies have also found that sitting is best when performing fine motor skills, like typing.

Should I Sit or Stand?

With all the conflicting information floating around, workers may be left wondering whether it is best to sit or stand while working. However, just like most things in life, a little of each is the safest best. Although, some physiotherapy experts believe that the most efficient way for employees to maximize their health benefits at work is by taking more walks during the workday. In fact, the physical benefits of walking cannot be denied and are well documented. Some of which include:

  • Reduction of body fat
  • Maintenance of muscle tone
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • Improved digestion
  • Combat varicose veins

Even employees that cannot get outside everyday can benefit by using an activity tracker to track their steps. The target goal is a total of at least 10,000 steps taken throughout the day.

Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Advocate for Employees Suffering from Injuries Incurred at Work

If you suffer from carpel tunnel, back problems, an occupational disease, or another work-related injury, an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will determine what types of compensation you may be entitled to. Schedule your free consultation today by calling 803-929-3600 or (803) 929-3600 or submit an online inquiry form.

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