Standing desks continue to gain popularity as studies have shown that sitting at work can increase risk for diabetes, a general feeling of overall sluggishness and if that isn’t enough an increase in mortality.

Research on the effects of a standing desk is still in the works. Here’s what they do know:

Here are the pros of standing desks. There is an overall increase in:

  • Alertness and mood
  • Weight loss (Hello! You can burn up to 320 calories by standing at your desk!)
  • Good cholesterol
  • Overall health

The cons of standing desks:

  • Standing doesn’t affect or increase your overall productivity or cognitive function. Thinking on your feet doesn’t really mean it goes faster.
  • You have to be vigilant on the ergonomics of a standing desk. Check the Wave Productivity Pinterest page for correct ways to set up a standing desk.
  • It can take a toll on the legs, knees and feet. Standing desks can cause varicose veins and knee pain. Using an anti-fatigue mat can help.

The big focus is on posture. Whether you are sitting or standing make sure you are not slumped over. This can cause decreased oxygen to the lungs and brain. Check out this board on Pinterest on Desk Ergonomics.

What researchers have found is that a work day that standing isn’t the cure all. The best work day being one where there is movement and a mixture of sitting, standing, and rest.

Check out these desks:

Ikea has affordable standing desks

If you’re looking to go local, AWE Corporate Interiors has a variety of desks and chairs they are fabulous to work with.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors has many options to choose from and even has treadmill desks.

There are tons of hacks and do it yourself standing desks. Remember ergonomics is important in creating a desk that works for you.

Researchers are continuing to study the effects of treadmill desks and desks with bike equipment built in. It’s Jimmy Fallon, host of the Tonight Show that sums it up best-

“A recent study shows that standing at work for long periods of time is bad for you. After earlier research indicated that sitting for too long at work is bad for you. So really the only thing we know is…work is bad for you.”

Are you looking to create a new office space or want to incorporate a standing desk in your office? Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer serving the Valley of the Sun. Together we can look for ways to create the office space that fits your personality and needs.

This article originally appeared on Wave Productivity Blog.

About the Author:

Margo Brown Margo Brown is a Productivity Coach, with Wave Productivity and works with entrepreneurs, small business owners and business professionals to help them get more focused, organized and productive in their workplace. She serves the Tempe and Phoenix area in Arizona. Whether it’s social media, email or piles of paper, if you want to get more organized in your office call 602-677-8275 or email

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