Sitting is the new smoking, we’re told, and suddenly sit-stand desks are everywhere. But do we know just how healthy they are and the best ways to use them?
Science is just now catching up to the trend, and you might be surprised at what research has uncovered.
“When they first came out, sit-stand desks were marketed as a way to lose weight, right? The next kind of cure to obesity,” said April Chambers, assistant professor of bio-engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. “And they just don’t do that.”
Chambers and colleagues from Tufts University and the Office Ergonomics Research Committee recently conducted a review of sit-stand desk research on a variety of health and work benefits ranging from posture to productivity to pain relief.