Stand Up for Work

by Mike Hunter

Standing desks are gaining attention as a way to promote health and wellness in the workplace. The peer-reviewed British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends office employees work their way up to standing for four hours per day. One key reason, aside from workers being more alert and focused, is that standing burns more calories than sitting, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Despite having less than 5 percent of the world’s population, the U.S. has more than 40 percent of the world’s economic costs related to sedentary work and lifestyles. Type 2 diabetes — of which inactivity is a prime cause — is the costliest health condition, accounting for 70 percent of healthcare costs, according to a study published in The Lancet.

BackPainHelp, which has a range of devices developed in coordination with the London Spine Clinic, offers a standing desk that fits atop all standard-sized desks; has room for two monitors, a full-sized keyboard and mouse; and works in limited spaces and small cubicles; among other features.

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