One of the biggest predictors of obesity is a sedentary lifestyle. In a study by the Mayo Clinic, office workers added 1000 extra calories to their diets, and were fitted with motion trackers. As could be easily predicted, many of the participants gained weight. And the ones who didn’t? They were the ones who got up and moved all the time.
What does this have to do with standing desks? Sitting in front of your desk is the majority of your day, for many people. Just the simple motion of standing up increases blood flow, forces you to engage your core muscles, and helps lower the risk of obesity.
So are standing desks the silver bullet for the obesity epidemic? No, but they can certainly help promote a healthier lifestyle. Naturally, there are other things you need to do to get healthy and stay healthy. Standing at work is not a replacement for actually working out: walking, doing cardio, lifting weights, doing yoga, or whatever your favorite method is of getting moving. And of course, nothing takes the place of a balanced diet. You also need to make sure you are getting enough sleep. As part of a healthy lifestyle, standing desks certainly help with one of the major health drawbacks in the modern world, which is sitting behind a desk for eight or more hours a day.So when I get my standing desk, will I start shedding pounds? This is a complex question which depends on your metabolism, your other healthy life habits, and even the way you use your standing desk (link to article about standing desk tips). You may begin to notice a difference in your waistline quickly. Even if you do not, you will certainly see overall health benefits. And since sustainable weight loss is part of an overall healthy lifestyle, it cannot hurt to start taking care of your posture and muscle tone at work.