Is Standing Adjustable Desk Really Worth It?

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What is a standing desk?

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As the name suggests, a standing desk refers to the replacement of long-term sitting posture, and the daily office is realized by standing. However, it is not easy to maintain a standing posture all day, so the most recommended office posture is to alternate between standing and sitting, and simple activities can be carried out in a small area. Although standing office is not yet fully popularized in China, it has already become the darling of major high-tech enterprises internationally. 

In 2011, Facebook has already started the standing officers, and its founder Mark Zuckerberg once promoted the standing desk method. In June 2018, Apple CEO Tim Cook also promised to equip every employee at headquarters with a desk. Ad for Silicon Valley, which is known as the holy land of technological innovation, stand up desk can be seen everywhere, and even on this basis, in order to achieve the purpose of the exercise, treadmill desks are also set up.

Sedentary behavior is any waking behavior characterized by an energy expenditure ≤1.5 metabolic equivalents (METs), while in a sitting, reclining or lying posture. In general, this means that any time a person is sitting or lying down, they are engaging in sedentary behavior. Common sedentary behaviors include TV viewing, video game playing, computer use (collectively termed "screen time"), driving automobiles, and reading.

In other words, if you sit awake for more than 5 days in a week, whole reaching 8 hours/day; or if you keep sitting for 2 hours without getting up and changing your position, you can be considered sedentary. It seems that most people meet the conditions of sedentary life. After understanding the definition of standing office and sedentary, let's see if a adjustable desk is really healthier than sitting.

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