Our favorite saying at Sleekform is “the next posture is the best posture”. This basically means “switch up your position as much as possible”.
An easy way to get creative with your posture is to incorporate more standing throughout your day. We know it’s not practical to assume everyone has the luxury to incorporate a long walk into their day or have a couple extra thousand dollars hanging around that will allow them to invest in a fancy automated sit/stand desk. This is precisely why we came up with the Saint John Standing Desk.
Our Saint John standing desk has all the ergonomic benefits of a traditional standing desk but without the heavy cost and heavy frame. It’s a safe space-saving, back-saving desk converter that allows you to easily go from sitting to standing -- but enough about us, let’s talk about why using a standing desk while you work can be so beneficial to your mind, body and spirit.
Having good circulation is important for maintaining your overall health- it ensures that your blood and oxygen are continuously flowing throughout the body which helps to keep your brain sharp, your heart healthy, and also improves your immune system.
The easiest way to improve your circulation is to stay active, stretch often and maintain a healthy diet. A sedentary lifestyle, one where we have to sit at a computer and work for 8+ hours a day can really affect our circulation in a negative way. Using a standing desk, even just for part of the day, can help us get our blood flowing a little bit easier which can help prevent a multitude of chronic health issues.
We all have experienced the added energy boost a good workout or walk can give us. Being able to stand while we work sends a signal to the brain that it’s time to wake up and get work done. It’s easy for us to sink into our comfortable chairs and begin to feel lethargic and uninspired. Standing can help get the wheels turning if we’re stuck on a problem, and help us stay more attentive during zoom meetings.
When we sit in a regular 90° angle chair our spines are forced into a C shape and it’s very hard to maintain the natural S shape our spines are meant to be in. The easiest way to get back into this position is to stand up, reach our arms up over our head and drop them back down to our sides again.
Standing while you work allows you to maintain this position as long as you keep your monitor in a position where you can look at it straight ahead without hyperextending your neck up or down and your keyboard is placed so you can type with your arms and wrists at a 90° angle you will be able to prevent back, neck and body pain.
It’s no secret that the only way to lose or maintain your weight is to either burn more calories than you eat or to burn as many calories as you eat day after day. Standing while you work is not going to be the same as running a marathon but it is going to keep you moving in small micro ways and that can really add up over time. So, if watching your figure is something you want to prioritize, a simple, quick fix is to start incorporating standing into your work day. In fact, when compared to an afternoon of sedentary work, an equal amount of time spent standing has been shown to burn over 170 additional calories! That’s almost 1000 extra calories burned each week just from standing while you work!!!
This goes hand in hand with increased energy. If you’re feeling energized, with less distraction from aches and pains you may be surprised with how much you can accomplish throughout the day. If you’re like me, you find the mid-afternoon to be the biggest struggle of them all. Your attention fades, your motivation to accomplish anything has vanished! By getting up out of your chair, doing a quick little stretch, a handful of jumping jacks you can feel completely rejuvenated and ready to conquer that to-do list.
You know what makes me feel happy? Having energy and crossing things off my to-do list! There have been multiple studies that have linked a sedentary lifestyle with depression and anxiety. Getting up during our day can help lift our spirits and it really can be as simple as lifting your laptop up and standing for a few hours while you work.
A sedentary lifestyle has been linked to being a leasing cause in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and early death. Finding more ways to remain active throughout the day can have a lasting effect on our overall health and keep us thriving for longer. Studies show that using a standing desk at work can lower blood sugar levels, especially after lunch- according to Healthline found that alternating between standing and sitting every 30 minutes throughout the workday reduced blood sugar spikes by 11.1% on average.
If standing is something you’re able to do, we can’t really find a con to using a standing desk. We are proud to now be able to offer an affordable, portable stand-up desk option with our Saint John standing desk. Gone are the days of spending thousands of dollars on a bulky stand-up desk that takes up half a room. You can set it and take it down as you need which makes it the perfect work from home solution.