With recent health studies finding concerns over excessive time sitting in a car or at a desk, standing desks have become a new trend in many workplaces.
Recent studies have linked too much time in a chair with everything from coronary disease to liver disease, and health experts are in agreement that too much sitting is not healthy.
But too much standing might also be a problem.
Finding a Balance Between Sitting and Standing
Excessive periods of standing have long been known to be a contributing factor to the severity of varicose veins.
So how is a person supposed to deal with studies that show sitting is bad for your health in some areas while standing might cause its own share of health troubles?
Find a Good Balance
As with many health-related issues, the key is in avoiding the excessive and striking a good balance.
Stand-up desks are great for a lot of reasons, but standing all day is not the solution to the problems caused by sitting all day. Finding a happy medium is the right answer.
Many stand-up desks on the market can be raised or lowered. This allows people to avoid a situation where they stand or sit all day but can find a good balance. If you have a stand-up desk, you should take time during the day to find a place where you can have a seat.
The opposite is true, too. If you sit at a desk all day, it’s good to get and walk around or stand in place for a while.
Regular exercise, drinking plenty of water, and eating healthy are just as important as your choice to sit or stand. But you should realize that excess is often the problem. Regardless of your work environment, you should never sit all day or stand all day. Varying your routine is important and will make you more productive and healthier in the long run.