When Is Standing Too Much?

When Is Standing Too Much?

The new craze in standing at your desk has many asking if standing is for them, and how long should they stand for? Does everyone need a standing desk?

I have had the opportunity to interview the CEO of Varidesk and the developer of another sit-to-stand option on my podcast The Modern Desk Jockey. They have provided my audience with some insights into the above questions.

Episode 11: The Standing Option with Varidesk

Episode 73: Stand-Up Desk Do’s and Don’ts’s with Daniel Angelini

As well, recently a study came out from The British Journal of Sports Medicine with the title of

“Associations of occupational standing with musculoskeletal symptoms: a systematic review with meta-analysis.”

The full Abstract can be found here:  http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/52/3/176?etoc=

The essence of the study’s findings are outlined in the objective and conclusion here:

Objective Given the high exposure to occupational standing in specific occupations, and recent initiatives to encourage intermittent standing among white-collar workers, a better understanding of the potential health consequences of occupational standing is required. We aimed to review and quantify the epidemiological evidence on associations of occupational standing with musculoskeletal symptoms.

Conclusions The evidence suggests that substantial occupational standing is associated with the occurrence of low-back and (inconclusively) lower extremity symptoms, but there may not be such an association with upper extremity symptoms. However, these conclusions are tentative as only limited evidence was found from high-quality, longitudinal studies with fully adjusted models using objective measures of standing.

 

The key takeaways from this study, the interviews I have performed, and our experience are as follows.

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