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Standing Desk | What Are The Standing Desk Health Benefits (2018)


Standing desk. This video is on health benefits, scientific studies and review of stand up desk, sit stand desk or standing desk.


Standing desks, are they the future? Are there actually any health benefits to using them? In this weeks video I've been looking at the research and studies done on the potential health benefits of using a standing desk. I've also been using a standing desk since September 2018 so I can give you my own review and thoughts.


If you’re a regular viewer of my videos you'll know I’m always transparent about everything in my videos. I want a standing desk have been kind enough to send me their EIGER pro standing desk to use, but they have had no input or influence on this piece. If you'd like to know more about I want a standing desk and their products here is a link to their website: https://iwantastandingdesk.com



SITTING TOO MUCH:

While spending eight hours a day plonked on your cheeks sounds like joy to some, it doesn't do great things for your health. Research from the NHS found that, compared to the shortest time spent sedentary, the longest time spent sedentary was associated with a:


• 112% increase in risk of type 2 diabetes.

• 147% increase in cardiovascular events.

• 90% increase in death due to cardiovascular events.

• 49% increase in death due to any cause.


And it only gets worse with age. A University of Edinburgh study suggests 45- to 54-year-olds spend more time sitting down than pensioners - 7.8 hours compared to 7.4 hours of sedentary time for the over-75s.



EXPERT GUIDANCE:

In June 2015 the British journal of sports medicine released the first guidance on curbing health risks of a sedentary lifestyle calling for sit-stand desks and regular walks.


The guidance suggests that office workers should be on their feet for a minimum of 2 hours a day during working hours but this should eventually be increased up to 4 hours a day. This doesn’t mean stand up for 4 hours in one go but instead break up prolonged periods of sitting with the use of sit stand desks, standing based work and regular walks.


Here is a link to the article feel free to read it for the full information as there are some limitations to the study which are mentioned towards the end of the NHS article: https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/office-workers-of-england-stand-up-for-your-health/


https://www.bmj.com/company/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/COI.pdf



STANDING DESK STUDY:

Now let’s move onto a very interesting recent cluster two arm randomised controlled trial from October 2018 which was actually done on a 146 NHS office workers over a 12 month period.


The study found that providing the NHS office workers with adjustable desks that allowed them to sit or stand led to a reduction in daily sitting time of an hour!


The study also found that workers provided with adjustable desks reported better job performance, reduced sickness at work, less anxiety and an improved quality of life. However the size of the study means we can’t be sure of the accuracy of these outcomes.


Here is a link to the article feel free to read it for the full information as there are some limitations to the study which are mentioned towards the end of the NHS article: https://www.nhs.uk/news/lifestyle-and-exercise/adjustable-desks-could-improve-work-performance-reducing-sitting-time/


https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k3870



MY REVIEW & THOUGHTS:

I can sometimes easily spend 4-8 hours editing longer duration videos which we make for various companies. And I've actually really enjoyed mixing it up between sitting and standing especially when I begin to get feel achy from sitting too long.


I’d say the main thing to acclimatise to was what you do with your feet. I’d also recommend that you wear comfortable slippers or footwear as it can really help.




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I'm a British - Persian - Iranian prescribing media pharmacist who loves science, making videos and helping people. I work in both GP surgeries and community pharmacy.



Disclaimer:

This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

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