A published study by Curtin University in Australia has found that users of standing desk are reporting lower back and lower limb pain. The drawbacks of standing for long periods can also include swollen veins, heart problems, and a diminished mental reactiveness.
Henry Bodkin, writing for Telegraph:
Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm than good.
The devices are becoming increasingly commonplace as awareness improves regarding the dangers of sedentary living – most office workers spend more than 80 per cent of the time sitting – and they are also popular with people suffering from back pain.
But the new study, published in the journal Ergonomics, has linked prolonged use of standing desks with lower limb discomfort and deteriorating mental reactiveness.
Sitting for too long isn’t exactly good for you either. So, skip the trendy office furniture, get up out of your seat every so often, and go for a walk. Keep active.