Too much sitting increases heart failure risk and disability risk, and shortens life expectancy, studies have found. But according to an analysis published Wednesday of 20 of the best studies done so far, there’s little evidence that workplace interventions like the sit-stand desk or even the flashier pedaling or treadmill desks will help you burn lots more calories, or prevent or reverse the harm of sitting for hours on end.
“What we actually found is that most of it is, very much, just fashionable and not proven good for your health,” says Dr. Jos Verbeek, a health researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
I actually have a standing desk from Oristand that I’m about to write a review on, and I like it but I’ve also personally always found standing desks to be one of those things that were just “too good to be true”.
As it turns out, I may be partially right. That does not mean you shouldn’t stand, or at least, not sit for 10 hours a day but it seems the health benefits have been overblown.
I’ve found that I do like to sit for part of the day, and stand for part of the day but it’s nice to be able to switch back and forth, and yes, there are desks that can raise and lower, but the Oristand also lets me quickly tuck it away and use my desk as a desk when I don’t feel like standing too.
The moral of the story is: If a standing desk is comfortable for you, then you should definitely use it. But if someone finds a regular desk easier to work with, then let them use that to do their work.