No human body ever evolved to sit at a desk.
That’s why the health benefits of standing while you work can be so marked, just because that’s how the human body was designed.
As in all things, moderation is the key, but standing to work for a short time, or holding standing meetings can make you healthier, happier, and better able to concentrate. Even when you’re sitting down.
Standing up while working increases movement, provides freedom and reduces mental blocks. This means greater workforce capacity.
Feel the burn
Studies show standing at your desk causes the heart to beat an average of ten beats per minute faster. That’s fifty calories an hour burnt working out at 400 calories per day!
Reduce metabolic risk
Prolonged sitting is associated with greater metabolic risk, diabetes and heart disease. Standing, and moving, reduces the risk.
In 2009 over 17,000 workers were studied. The conclusion? We should avoid extended periods of sitting. A study in the US found that sitting under three hours per day might increase life expectancy by as much as two years.