Standing Stations 
Help Office Workers
 Lose Weight 
(and annoy coworkers)

Standing Stations help office workers drop pounds! Experts now recommend sit-stand adjustable desks for most office workers.  

Imagine yourself as more energetic, thinner, and healthier!  If you work at a desk all day, using a standing station could help you become one of those annoyingly-thin-overachieving coworkers.  Sound good?    

According to a recent article in Medical News Today, workers with sedentary jobs should progress from 2 hours of standing per day to standing and light activity for at least 4 hours each day.   

For desk-based employees, most workdays consist of sedentary activities for at least 65%-75% of each day, with periods of prolonged sitting.  Research continues to show that sitting time, including that of desk-based employees, increases the risk of obesity and many disease states, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.   

Do you work at a desk all day?  Consider a standing station! 

Below is a photo of my homebuilt standing station.  It is NOT adjustable, but it was custom-built to fit me; according to my height and arm length.  (I have a GREAT husband, who is very handy with tools!)


Standing Stations

My Homebuilt Standing StationMy Homebuilt Standing Station


The recommendation to implement standing stations, otherwise known as adjustable sit-stand stations, was included in an article published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine.  The purpose of the article was to provide guidance to employers to counteract the health risks of prolonged sitting among office workers. 



Other recommendations for healthier deskworkers include:

  • Alternating periods of sitting and standing work, using adjustable sit-stand stations, such as Varidesk by Ergotron, Inc.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of standing
  • Varying postures and walking during the day to avoid fatigue and muscular aches
  • Employers should encourage healthy lifestyles, balanced diets, and no-smoking.


Evidence

Sedentary lifestyles and sitting time were the focus of a 2011 CDC research project.  The researchers revealed that sitting time, whether it’s TV watching or deskwork, contributes to obesity and several other diseases. 

Read the article for more information.      


Conclusion

I've used a non-adjustable standing station for over 10 years now.  I used it in my job as an RN for a long time, but I moved it to my home office about 2 years ago.  I stand at it every day, and yes - most days, I stand at it ALL DAY.   I wouldn’t have it any other way! 

When I used it in my RN office, many people laughed at the idea, even a few of the doctors I worked alongside 

But, its enough proof for me that, despite the fact that I work at a desk for several hours each day, my bottomside has not spread and my weight remains manageable.     

Because I've always wanted to prevent my hips from spreading...

I will never forget the term, 'secretary spread,' since I worked as a secretary in my first 'career,' and I was very aware of the amount of time that I sat each day.  It bothered me. 

My 'podium-style' station also allows me to move faster and move more, without the worry of jumping up from my chair and getting my feet tangled in the chair legs.  (I never said I was graceful)   

Its enough proof for me that, despite the fact that I work at a desk for several hours each day, my bottomside has not spread and my weight remains manageable.    


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