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Advantages and Disadvantages of Standing at Work

by Jack Kenefick on June 19, 2012

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Standing DeskMost office jobs require sitting at a traditional desk.  However, many jobs out there involve working at a standing desk.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of desks:


Among the advantages include benefits for your overall posture, improved breathing, stronger leg muscles, increased energy and increased stamina.  In addition, standing upright does help keep you alert and awake, even when you have not had the best night’s sleep.  Standing on your feet does require more energy and can, in turn help you sleep better at night.


Among the disadvantages include having sore legs, back and feet – especially if you are standing on a single spot with little movement.  The best way to prevent against sore back and legs is to try and move around regularly.  This means taking a walking break or even simply going to the restroom or water fountain.  Stretching the back and legs during the day or at the end of the day can do a lot in preventing unnecessary soreness.  Getting a message on a regular basis can do wonders for sore feet, legs and back, so this is highly recommended as well – preferably once a week.

The use of any advice on this website is at your own risk. Please consult us, or any other professional, licensed personal trainer or your health care professional, like your doctor, first to see if the advice is applicable to your specific situation.

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