New study finds standing at work is beneficial for work-related and psychological health.
A study published today in the British Medical Journal has found links between standing desk use and positive impacts on a wide range of physical and psychological health issues.
This study tested the impact of the Stand More At Work (SMArT Work) intervention by providing height adjustable sit-stand desk adapters to the test group, and no intervention for the control group.
Height adjustable desk adapters are on a normal desktop, so you can use it as a standing desk when raised, or continue to use in a seated position.
The study found that the office workers with height adjustable workstations successfully reduced the amount of time they sat at work, over 3, 6 and 12 month time periods, with a meaningful reduction overall of 60 minutes per day by the end of the study.
Physically, the participants of this study using standing desks reported fewer incidences of lower back and neck pain hindering their ability to carry out their job.
The most marked differences between the standing desk and seated office workers in the study were found in the psychological impacts.
Psychologically, users of the standing desk adapters reported improvements in their job performance, work engagement, fatigue at work, anxiety and quality of life.
The study recommended further trials of SMArT Working interventions, including moving more while using a standing desk.
If you would like to move more while using your standing desk, try the AFS-TEX 4000x or the 5000 standing desk mat, as these have been specifically designed for use with standing desks. For height adjustable sit/stand desks, where the user wants to make the most of both sitting and standing options, we recommend the 5000 S2S package for sit to stand desk users. This includes a standing desk anti fatigue mat and a chair mat with easy-glide for office chairs.