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The standing desk used to be an oddity. Although notable creative greats such as Kierkegaard, Dickens, and Hemingway were famous for using high desks to enable standing, that setup was uncommon in 20th-century offices.
In recent years, though, scientific studies have increasingly revealed the dangers of the sedentary lifestyle: the New York Times revealed that health conditions associated with excess sitting range from obesity to diabetes to cancer. The reason that prolonged sitting has become such a focus for medical researchers is that it's part of the typical office lifestyle, and that's true beyond US borders. For instance, the amount of time spent sitting per office employee in the UK is almost 6 hours daily
James Levine, an endocrinologist with the Mayo Clinic, is one of the most prominent researchers to promote the health benefits of standing. He recently mentioned to Smithsonian magazine that sitting is not the best standard position for the workday: to optimize ergonomics and mental health, Levine says, "we need the default to be standing."
The emergence of the standing desk
Levine and other experts in the field agree that the sedentary challenge is not best answered by coupling all-day sitting with strenuous gym workouts. Instead, the daily office routine should be adjusted so that you are standing more often, which is most simply achieved by standing at your desk. A traditional desk is not intended for standing, though, so the standing desk is becoming the office furniture of choice for many seeking wellness and ergonomics.
Why the sit-to-stand desk is preferable
Sydney Trent, a staff reporter for the Washington Post, knew the health benefits of standing, so she had the paper's company nurse modify her workstation. Trent wrote an article about her experience, with the headline announcing that a standing desk "may be tough on your legs." Her point is essentially that an office worker does not want to be standing all the time. Furthermore, you need a desk that – unlike Trent's – is purpose-built for both positions: the fully adjustable sit-to-stand desk.
Purchasing the standing desk over the sit-to-stand desk could represent an expensive investment for your company that doesn't best meet your needs. You don't want your employees' legs to hurt all day, after all. To optimize the space planning of your office, partner with us at Beaux-Arts Group. We don't just sell furniture but incorporate smart design into every recommendation we make.