Do you know that one person — that standing desk guy in office. We all know that one person in the office and whenever you pass their cube you wonder, how proactive they are about their health. You think that there’s someone battling against the society’s sedentary lifestyle. But does it really helps?
As you already know that previous studies have suggested that sitting for too long can negatively affect your health. But here we are going to tell you another true fact — Standing for long periods of time is also not good for your health.
And a new study tells how it leads you to a detrimental effect on your health. The recent research published in the journal Ergonomics this month, the researchers had total 20 participants stand for two hours resulting in an apparent increase in their lower limb swelling, it also led them to reduced mental state.
Standing Desk: Stand or not to stand?
However, the researchers conducted the study on a small scale as with only 20 participants. Conducting the research on a large scale is always a better idea as a bigger group can help eliminate the factor that might be influencing the study result. The study result shows that the participants reported physical discomfort in all areas of their bodies which increased over time as those volunteers stood up at the desk. Let’s take an example of this, those participants with a genetic predisposition for pain in the leg or chronic pain in the back might be particularly susceptible to the detrimental effects of standing and sitting.
But when you have a pretty small number of participants for the study, it could actually sway the study result. The large group is more likely to get a result close to a representative sample of the complete population. So, practically speaking, we would not recommend you to taking the result of a study with only 20 participants as gospel truth.
However, the recent study isn’t the only evidence that shows that standing for the longer period can harm your health. For those who aren’t aware, the idea of using standing desk at workplace was applied for a good reason as there are many pieces of evidence, suggesting that “occupational sitting,” or the average amount of time workers spends sitting on their chairs are linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes, it could also increase the overall mortality.
There are some previous studies, suggesting that even the regular exercise of 60 minutes per day is not sufficient to eliminate the effects of modern society’s sedentary lifestyle.
The new Australian study shows that sedentary workdays aren’t good for your health, it also affects your concentration. The participants also reported a decrease in their overall mental state the longer that the volunteers stood at the desks. In addition, not all the results were negative as standing desk helped to improve creative problem-solving skills in the participants.
Conclusion: Based on the finding results, the recent study concluded that standing desks at the workplace should be used with care and that workers should aware of the health risks linked with its prolonged use.
A physiotherapy expert at Nottingham University, Alan Taylor, who has no contribution to the study told The Chicago Tribune, “The bottom line is that this expansion [of standing desks] has been driven more by commercial reasons than scientific evidence.” Taylor continued, “But the evidence is catching up and it’s showing there are some drawbacks.”