Sit-stand desks performed ambiguously when it came to boosting attentiveness and productivity. Chambers said, "They don't make you more alert, but they don't make you less alert", and they don't have "any negative effects on work performance." In terms of physical health, no improvements to blood pressure were detected, nor weight loss through standing.
Where sit-stand desks excel is in encouraging a user to move, because that's what the human body really needs. Whether it's shifting from foot to foot while standing or changing between sit-stand positions throughout the day, it's important to avoid being still and sedentary for prolonged periods of time.
The researchers offer the following advice for using sit-stand desks most effectively:
❶ Change positions frequently. Make a point of switching between sitting and standing every half hour.
❷ Use good posture. Stand with legs under hips or sit with knees at a 90-degree angle for optimal posture.
❸ Use an anti-fatigue mat under your feet. This can reduce lower back and leg pain.
❹ Stand after eating lunch. It encourages you to move a bit more, which will help with digestion and burning calories.
❺ Incorporate walking into your day. Take a break from the desk altogether during phone calls or meetings, if you can.
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