This time last year, standing desks were everywhere. They came out of nowhere and everyone bought into the hype without question, reasoning that standing has to be better for you. However, that may not be the case.
When standing desks were first introduced, everyone had to have one. People wrongfully assumed that because you’re standing all day that the desks are better for your health, but that seems to not be so.
With the introduction of standing desks, research began emerging on the dangers of the “sedentary lifestyle,” however, studies have shown this research to merely be marketing hype for the desks. While standing does promote slightly more physicality than sitting, the impact is not significant enough to commit to the switch. Standing desks help alleviate strain in the shoulders and neck, but they increase strain in the knees, legs, and feet, making their usage counterproductive.
Experts recommend sticking with your typical sitting desk, and just taking regular breaks to improve your health. Simply walking around the office for a few minutes every couple of hours can do much more to improve your physical health than a standing desk.