You might have seen those standing desks in some offices. You may have even used one. But can they stand up to their critics?
A report suggests they aren’t necessarily the cure-all to too much sitting by office-workers.
The Finnish Institute for Occupational Health say:
• To help reverse the ill effects of sitting, you'd have to stand at least 2-to-4 hours a day.
• Most people with a ‘sit-stand desk’ sit more than they realize.
• There is actually very little difference in energy expenditure between sitting and standing.
• Standing all day can lead to an increase in back pain, varicose veins, and/or fatigue at the end of the day.
Rather than a standing desk, most people surveyed say they find it better to set a timer to remind them to stand up, get a glass of water, and take a walk around the office.