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Why you should invest in a standing desk

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Today’s fast-paced digital world keeps many of us tethered to a desk for most of the day, but are you aware of the damage it might be doing to your physical and mental health? Standing desks have become increasingly popular in recent years—and with good reason. Not only do they provide health benefits, but they can even improve your everyday productivity.

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Why are standing desks good to use?

While many people are unaware of the benefits of standing desk setups, they’re great for everyone, no matter the nature of your work.

Reduce the risk of disease

Studies have shown that prolonged periods of sitting down are linked to chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Standing desks offer a simple solution to help reduce your risk of disease while maintaining your productivity.

Improved mood and reduced stress level

Another great benefit of using a standing desk is the effect it has on mood and stress. When you stand up, your body can release endorphins, which help to regulate your mood and stress levels. Moving your body is an essential component of overall well-being, and a standing desk is a great way to do that.

Increase creativity and cognitive function

Standing and moving improves blood flow and helps your brain receive more oxygen, which can improve your cognitive function and supports creativity. You might notice your problem-solving skills getting better the more you use a standing desk.

Reduce pain and improve posture

When you sit in the same position for extended periods of time, your posture is likely to suffer, which can cause mid-back pain, neck pain, and a host of other problems. When you use a standing desk, you’re forced to engage your core muscles and improve your posture over time.

Improved energy levels

It’s easy to suffer from an energetic slump when you’re sitting around all day. Using a standing desk can help boost your energy levels throughout the workday to help you stay focused and productive.

How many hours a day should you stand at a standing desk?

Experts recommend that if you work from a desk, you should try to stand for at least two hours a day. If this seems like a lot, don’t worry, many people gradually work their way up to that. You can start with increments of 15-30 minutes and add on time as your body adjusts.

Is it better to sit or stand at a desk all day?

The important thing to remember here is that balance is key. It isn’t necessarily better to stand all day than to sit all day. The goal is to work in some periods of standing throughout the day, so your body gets a healthy variety of movement. Just make sure you get a desk that’s adjustable to make it easy to transition from sitting to standing.

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At the end of the day, it’s always better to invest in your health now than wait until you’re suffering more later. Standing desks are a great way to mitigate daily stress, pain, and productivity blocks.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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