In one of my previous articles, I was saying stating that sitting is now the new smoking. I wanted to add a little bit to what I had said earlier and express a few of my thoughts and recommendations. We know that sitting at your desk all day is not good for your back and can put a toll on your hips and back. Over the last year, I have suggested to many of my patients that they either purchase and or ask for a standing desk to aid in their reduction of back pain, computer slouching and neck/upper back bad posture issues. Sitting all day can cause back pain, neck stiffness, headaches and several other things. I have been recommending to my patients that they start using a standing desk. Average prices are between $125 to $250 and according to a 2019 survey for Human Resources, standing desk are the fastest growing benefits trend and approximately 60% of employers provide or subsidize standing desks for their employees.
In a 2016 study from the Journal of Applied Ergonomics found that sit-stand desks have allowed the employees to be over 50% more productive than those who just sat at the office. From the journal of the Occupational Medicine showed that the sit-stand desk gave the employees the opportunity to increase their energy expenditure throughout the working day which over a period of time was a good health strategy for weight control.
Now that you've got to stand up desk, how often should you be using it? Well it's not good to stand or sit all day, I recommend that you do this somewhere between a 50/50 ratio and or 65/35 ratio of sitting to standing. But as I've always said, it's better just to find that right balance and what works better for you. In a study from the Canadian Spine Bio-mechanics and Injury Prevention showed that if you stand more than two hours at a time you can develop lower back pain also. So just be conservative and try either standing every 15 to 20 minutes of every hour, just to break up the pattern of just sitting for extended periods time. Your health depends on movement which includes your spine, muscles and cardiovascular system. Movement is life and energy, so the key to reaping the benefits of the sit-stand desk is to move early and often before the back starts aching. You want to change positions before the back hurts, so start moving, stand up and change positions as often as you can.