Let’s face it — a large majority of us probably work some sort of desk job where we remain seated for 40-50 hours per week, only to get home and collapse on the couch from exhaustion. Do you notice a pattern here? We do — and here’s a hint, it’s definitely not one that’s good for your vascular health!
In today’s working world, it can be difficult to find the time to get up and stretch your legs. That’s where standing desks come in, the latest in office furniture that allows employees to stand at their computers, rather than sit. Not only can they make your day more comfortable, but they can help lower your risk for vascular disease as well.
Reduced Risk of Obesity.
It should be no surprise that staying seated for long periods of time encourages weight gain. After all, sitting still is the complete opposite of being active! Standing desks encourage employees to get up, and from there they’re more likely to move about. As you know, maintaining a healthy weight helps keep excess pressure off your veins.
Limited Vein Strain.
Scientific studies suggest that “adults who spend two more hours per day sitting have a 125% increased risk of health problems related to cardiovascular disease.” Not only does standing and moving about help prevent weight gain, but it also encourages your blood to circulate more easily. The more you move, the lower your blood pressure will be, and the less you’ll have to worry about varicose veins, spider veins, DVT, and even more serious cardiovascular issues like heart attacks.
Learn more about the health benefits of standing desks atSmithsonian.com, and ask your employer how you can go about purchasing one of your own. We believe that every bit of exercise matters in the fight against vascular disease!