The average American adults spends over 12 hours sedentary (sitting down) every day. All that sitting contributes to increased weight gain, poor circulation, and slow metabolism—all of which combine to increase your risk for cardiovascular disease by a staggering amount. According to research reported by JustStand.org, as many as 30% of ischemic heart disease cases can be attributed to sedentary lifestyles, and people who are active have a 45% lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
While previous generations naturally walked and stoof more due to the nature of work and society, many of our daily routines now revolve around sedentary positions. With the era of the internet came an increasingly deskbound workforce with computer-based jobs, for which many of us spend up to two hours a day commuting to and from by car. After work is no better, with many families gathering around the television for an evening of Netflix rather than going for a walk or playing in the backyard.
It seems our modern world has fated us to live increasingly sedentary lives, dooming us to the creeping threat of cardiovascular disease—or has it?
Research suggests that standing or walking for even 15 minutes every hour can make a significant difference in warding off the symptoms of sitting disease, which are a slippery slope to cardiovascular problems. But 15 minutes an hour adds up to two full hours during an eight-hour workday. How do you take two hours a day away from your work to stand or stretch your legs? You don’t! Ergonomic office furniture like standing desks or sit-stand workstations allow you to get your daily dose of standing without interrupting your work.
As sit-stand workstations become increasingly popular, there are more and more models available in the marketplace. How do you know which one to pick?
Here are some of the standard models of sit-stand desks:
An electric model moves up and down automatically at the touch of a button. Switching between sitting and standing is quick and effortless, with minimal disruption to your workday. There’s even a 45-minute reminder system to alert you when it’s time to switch from sitting to standing or back again.
A manual sit-stand desk is adjusted using a hand crank. Manual models tend to be less expensive than an electric model, but come with fewer features, like the sit-stand reminder system. No power source is required other than your own muscle power as you operate the crank.
Pneumatic height-adjustable desks use a gas spring hovering mechanism to smoothly raise and lower the desktop. With just a light squeeze of a lever you can move the desktop to your desired position. Like the crank-operated manual desk, no power source is required for the pneumatic height-adjustable desk.
Not ready to commit to a full sit-stand desk? Venture into the world of sit-stand office equipment with a standing desk converter. A standing desk converter is a height-adjustable work surface that you can place on top of your current desk, allowing you to gain the experience of transitioning from sitting to standing throughout the workday while keeping your current desk.
The right height-adjustable workstation for you will depend on your budget and your needs. Consult our Height-Adjustable Desk Buyer’s Guide for more specs and comparisons.