Take one look around the office, and you’re bound to see at least one of your colleagues standing up while working. Maybe they’re using an actual standing desk, or maybe they’ve just stacked their laptop on a pile of books. Whatever strategy they’ve taken, your standing colleagues are likely seeing a number of health benefits, including:

1) A lowered risk of diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers.

Sitting all day tends to lead to higher blood pressure and higher blood sugar levels. In the long term, this can increase your risk of developing any of these diseases.

2) Slimmer waistlines.

Sitting is pretty easy on the body. All you have to do is, well, sit there. Standing, on the other hand, requires your muscles to constantly readjust. This burns more calories and shakes up your metabolism. Notably, lower body weight is also a big contributor to a reduction in risk for the diseases listed above.

3) More energy.

Moving constantly throughout the day will keep blood pumping to your brain, so you should have fewer crashes. This leaves you far more energy and time to get creative and stay productive throughout the day.

Of course, a standing desk isn’t for everyone, and it won’t fix every problem. In fact, many people who jump right into standing all day do so with bad posture, leaning too heavily on their desks or listing too far to one side or the other. To prevent this, try purchasing a dual sitting/standing desk so you can alternate between the two positions throughout the day. Alternatively, if your desk is wide enough, you could turn one side into a standing desk simply by stacking bookshelves, while keeping the other side of your desk free for sitting. While you’re at it, we highly recommend pairing your new desk with an ergonomic keyboard to extend the health benefits throughout your musculoskeletal system.

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Intrigued yet? If so, we highly recommend checking out the article, Ergonomics: Stand Up Straight!, which details one woman’s experience with her new standing desk. And if you’ve ever given one a try before, let us know how it went in the comments below!