In today’s modern world, our reality is often that most people spend the majority of time sitting for extended periods of time, which includes driving, watching television, eating or sitting behind a desk at work. In this article, we will discuss how excessive sitting is hazardous to our health and 7 surprising benefits of stand-up desks. Even Hot Desking or Coworking can mean long periods of sitting.
The Dangers of Excessive Sitting
Excessive sitting has been linked to the following health issues:
- Reduced muscle mass
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Increased risk of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, etc.
- Increased risk of some cancers
Studies indicate brief periods of exercise aren’t enough to eliminate the health dangers of excessive sitting:
Evidence has shown excessive sitting to be a health risk even if recommendations for physical activity are fulfilled. During sitting, muscular passivity increases insulin resistance and influences the transport and oxidation of fatty acids in muscular tissue, and acute exercise is not sufficient to restore all changes.
Read more HERE.
7 Benefits of Stand-Up Desks
#1. Improved Posture
Sitting too long can have a negative impact on our posture. Slouching, hunching over to read emails and other bad habits can wreak havoc on the body. Headaches, neck strain and backaches could all be caused by poor posture. Standing desks could help the body return to its natural alignment, potentially reducing health issues caused by poor posture. If you are working from a coworking space or hot desking this is equally as important.
#2. Increased Productivity
Employees who used standing desks for meetings and for their own work report being more efficient when compared to those who were sitting exclusively. A potential reason for this is individuals who use standing work desks are constantly moving. This keeps the mind fresh and the body active. On the flipside, sitting can increase lethargy and sleepiness, resulting in decreased efficiency.
#3. Increased Energy Expenditure
Alternating bouts of standing and sitting can increase energy expenditure. A recent study found standing to work increased energy expenditure relative to sitting. This can help increase blood flow, strengthen the heart and decrease blood sugar levels.
#4. Weight Loss
The increased energy expenditure as described in #3 can translate into more calories burned per day. Over time, this could lead to shedding excess pounds and weight loss.
#5. Lower Early Mortality Risk
Standing has been shown to decrease mortality risk. A study on over 16,000 Canadians aged 18-90 found that mortality rates declined at higher levels of standing, and “standing may be a healthier alternative to excessive periods of sitting.”
#6. Standing Desks Might Help Reduce Back Pain
Excessive sitting can cause muscles to stiffen, including muscles in the lower back. Studies on obese/overweight office workers found that changing from a seated to standing workstation every 30 minutes led to a significant reduction in fatigue levels and lower back discomfort. Even if you are coworking or have a Hot Desk Perth you can suffer from back pain if sitting for long periods. Ask your Hot Desk Perth manager if they have alternative options to sitting.
#7. Standing Desks May Help Improve Mood
Preliminary studies have shown a potential link between anxiety and the sedentary lifestyle. When surveyed, users of standing desks reported less stress and fatigue than those who sat at their desk all day.
Coworking & Hot Desk Perth
Excessive sitting has been linked to many health conditions, including back pain, anxiety, decreased energy and obesity. The human body was not designed to sit all day: it was made to move. Exercise alone may not be enough to overcome the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time. Standing desks have been shown to provide many health benefits and may be exactly what a person needs to improve their overall health and increase productivity.
If you are considering coworking or hot desking – always ask if there are stand up desk options (or perhaps bring in your own fitball to mix things up).
At Soto Co – Coworking & Community Hub we have a variety of options for those not wanting to solely sit at their desks. Whether coworking or looking for a hot desk Perth – we have a bunch of awesome features like:
Find Your Community
Take advantage of the SOTO Community Hub and meet your neighbours, local business owners and explore a space that encourages creative thinking, reduced business stress and a relaxed environment.
Flexible seating in tranquil, creative spaces suitable for freelancers, small business owners, start-ups and students.
Work and social spaces filled with plants, living systems and natural light to support your mental health and well-being.
Blank walls and stairwells reimagined by rotating and roaming artists, creating a colourful work environment.
Online Community Platform
Connect with other members, share resources and establish meaningful relationships and business connections on our digital platform.
Cultural & Event Programs
Participate in nightly after-hours workshops, performances, startup events, speaker series, community dinners and more.
Discounts & Perks
Discounts and special offers from local restaurants, retail stores and businesses (see more below).
Fully Stocked Kitchen
A modern kitchen with a friend for your lunch that will always have a range of tea, coffee, fruit, snacks and more.
Bright, Natural Light
Take in natural light and your surroundings through big windows that actually open! Fresh air and air flow will keep you feeling invigorated.
Friendly On-Site Staff
Our Community Managers are on site daily to help you out, receive and sort your mail and keep the environment clean and sanitary.
High Speed Wi-Fi
The SOTO Community Hub provides reliable, high-speed NBN Fibre wireless internet.
Permanent desk members receive 24/7 access security keycards and a smartphone app. We have cameras around the building, in the facility and there is plenty of street security when walking to and from your car.
Unlimited printing for permanent desks. Although we do promote active sustainability choices in the hub, and ask always before you print – is it necessary?
Showers & Amenities
Single person lockable showers & amenities, essential after that run to work or the lunchtime HIIT or pilates session.