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What's the Best Way to Use a Standing Desk?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The driving force behind the initial standing desk trend was to help you burn more calories, but the best way to use a standing desk is to promote more movement throughout the day since prolonged stationary standing may be as challenging to your body as prolonged sitting
  • Prolonged sitting is associated with weight gain, cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. Prolonged stationary standing may increase your risk for preterm birth, chronic venous insufficiency, carotid atherosclerosis and musculoskeletal disorders
  • The point is to sit less and move more as movement and physical activity reduce your risk of heart disease, back pain and obesity. Regular movement has a positive effect on your mental health as well, and improves your productivity at work
  • An important aspect to lowering your risk of back pain and muscle fatigue is to pay attention to your posture while sitting, standing and moving, including when setting up your sit-to-stand desk; ease into a routine of standing more each day, eventually standing and moving as much as you are able and sitting for shorter intervals

Standing desks have become popular with computer users and office workers interested in avoiding risks from sitting for prolonged periods of time. There is a long list of people who may have used a standing desk throughout history, such as Leonardo DaVinci, Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway, Philip Roth and Virginia Woolf.

Reports also claim Oscar Hammerstein II may have written most of the music for “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific” standing up. Additionally, Winston Churchill was well-known for his use of a standing desk, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. credited his standing desk for his writing style.


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