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    Ask This About the Benefits of Standing Desks

    Standing desks are becoming more and more popular in the workplace. As researchers learn more about the dangers of being sedentary, people are trying to find ways to stay active. Recently, studies have shown that it isn't necessarily that you need to exercise more, it's simply that you need to sit less. Research has shown that sitting all day in your office chair can pose a greater risk to your health than smoking or the most virulent disease. Experts suggest that to add years to your life and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and depression, you should try to work up to standing during half of your 8-hour shift. Yoga can also benefit people who have sedentary office jobs, and people can actually do certain yoga poses at their desks in order to use their muscles and get the blood flowing. However, getting a standing desk is the best way to remove all that sitting from your day.

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    Is it okay for me to sit while I work if I am sick?
    Definitely. When you're sick, rest is usually the most effective treatment. Short-term breaks from sitting so you can recover from illness will benefit you more than risking your health by forcing activity.
    If standing bores me, is there a way to make it more interesting?
    Many standing desks can be used in conjunction with exercise equipment like a slow-moving treadmill or exercise bike. For the more tech-savvy, you can turn it into a game amongst coworkers and see how far you walk during the work day. The longer you use the treadmill and stay active while working, the more points you get.
    Which yoga poses can I do when seated?
    Talk to a personal trainer if you'd like to learn more about yoga poses that you can do on the job. Yoga requires careful technique in order to reap positive benefits without hurting yourself, so you need to learn the right way to do these poses. You can do plenty of stretches for your neck, shoulders, back, arms, legs and torso, most without even needing to get out of your seat.
    I get distracted easily. Will standing desks make it harder for me to concentrate?
    Actually, studies have shown that mild activity can actually increase concentration and productivity. Even the small movements of a portable stair-stepper can increase your concentration by 25% or more.
    How adjustable are standing desks?
    In most cases, standing desks are designed to be able to adjust to different heights and also to return to a height for people who need to sit easily. This way you can take breaks from standing without spending valuable office hours trying to fix the height of your desk.
    Will my insurance or employer cover the cost of a standing desk?
    Some offices offer standing desk options in an effort to boost employee health and productivity. You can ask your human resources office about it, and even ask your doctor to write a note saying you would benefit from a standing desk. Your health insurance likewise may offer to help your employer cover the cost. 
    Are there any financial incentives to using a standing desk?
    Other than the boost to your health - and therefore the lower insurance premiums - there are often incentives offered to employees who want to switch to a standing desk. Employers save more money the healthier their employees are (via insurance coverage and also less lost productivity hours) so they might offer extended incentives to employees who show an investment in their fitness.
    Will a standing desk help me lose weight?
    Yes. Drastic weight loss probably won't occur, but over time you will digest food better and boost your metabolism by standing and/or remaining active after your lunch hour. Standing burns an extra 50 calories per hour over sitting, so by the end of the week you could burn 750 calories or more just by standing at least 3 hours out of your daily shift.
    Do I need to stand 4 hours a day right away?
    No. Experts suggest slowly working up to standing or moving 2 hours out of every 8 hour shift as soon as you can, and then working your way up to 4 hours. By taking small steps, you can encourage a lifestyle change and make the short-term habit of standing easier to turn into a lifetime habit.