How to Pick Standing Desks for Better Health and Wellness

Staying in one position for too long is uncomfortable and has significant negative health impacts. Those who spend 4+ hours sitting per day are considered to lead a sedentary lifestyle. Even if you go to the gym for an hour a day, you still are not counteracting the negative effects of sitting.

Sitting Is The New Smoking

The negative health effects of sitting are serious. Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle (most of us) are at a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and heart attacks. Some of the physical results of sitting for too long are muscular atrophy, less efficient digestion, shortened hip flexor muscles causing hip pain, back problems like compression in discs causing early spinal degeneration, higher risk of anxiety and depression, higher risks of cancers like lung, uterine, and colon (although we don't know why yet), varicose veins from blood pooling in your legs, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) clots in legs, and stiff neck and shoulders.

But standing all day long isn’t any better for you. Office workers and retail or food service staff are all at risk for physical injuries or illness. Ideally, we should move around during our day and not spend too much time in any one position.

So, how can you combat these risks in your office job? There’s a variety of ways, but one of the most popular options in office furniture right now is standing desks.

Is A Standing Desk Right For You?

Standing desks can be an excellent option to help you fit more movement and variation into your day. But before you run out and buy the first standing desk you can find, it's important to consider the different types of standing desks available.

Are Adjustable Standing Desks Better?

Fixed height desks cannot move up and down. Adjustable desks can be moved up or down according to your needs. One of the benefits of fixed height standing desks is that they are more affordable. On the other hand, adjustable height standing desks allow you to go from standing to sitting whenever you want. You won’t want to stand all day long; in fact it is recommended you don’t. With adjustable standing desks, you can set the height to your preference. If you do choose to get a fixed height standing desk, you’ll need to find the right chair so you are able to sit when you want to take a break from standing.

Types of Adjustable Standing Desks


The three main types of adjustable standing desks are: hand crank, electric, and compression. The most affordable option is the hand crank adjustable desk. One of the problems of the hand crank desk is if the weight of the items on your desk is not distributed proportionately, the desk may not be able to handle the weight imbalance and can raise the desk unevenly. An electric adjustment desk is raised or lowered with the push of a button. Electric adjustment is the best option for the person that wants to switch back and forth from sitting and standing throughout the day. The third type of adjustable desks often use compression to make the desk move up and down. Electric adjustable standing desks tend to be the most reliable. They move up and down easily, and they make the switch from standing to sitting in just a few seconds.

If you’ve decided a standing desk is a good investment for your health, you can get more value for your dollar with Envirotech’s options. They have a variety of ergonomic adjustable desks available. Because their furniture is refurbished or remanufactured it looks and works like brand new, but is 20-60% more affordable than brand new. Envirotech’s production process is also environmentally friendly, requiring less energy and less materials than new production, and keeping good furniture out of the landfill.

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