Are you in a sedentary sitting job that makes you worry about your overall health? Or are you in a job that requires you standing at work for most of the times in the day? Here in this article we will talk about the benefits and also the side effects of standing at work. If you are really concerned about your health then this would be an interesting read for you.

Health Benefits & Side Effects of Standing at Work

Health Benefits of "Standing at Work":

Let us begin with some of the health benefits of "Standing at work".

  1. Standing at Work Can Be Beneficial in Increasing Heart Rate:

    It is found from studies that standing at work benefits in an increased heart rate. It is known that standing desk works, aids in increasing the average heart-rate of more than 8 beats per 60 seconds.

  2. Benefits of Standing at Work in Increasing HDL or Good Cholesterol:

    It is also known that standing at work impacts clinical metabolic risk factors. It is known from studies that standing at work increases HDL or the good cholesterol and also aids in lowering the LDL or Bad cholesterol.

  3. Weight Loss Benefits of Standing at Work:

    One more health benefit of standing at work is that it aids in reducing weight and body size. One study has found that 18 participants, who used standing desks at their work for 3 months, did lose their body weight. So, it is likely that standing at work can actually help in weight loss.

  4. Standing at Work Helps Improve Mood:

    It is also known from studies that standing at work job improves the persons mood. It has been found in a study that in one 7-week of standing desk use at work, participants reported reduced tension, fatigue, confusion and depression and also improved concentration, energy and happiness.

  5. Standing at Work is Beneficial in Improving Cognitive Function:

    Standing at work may also be helpful in improving cognitive function. Though there are no strong evidences on how standing desks impact cognitive abilities; it is known from a recent study that treadmill desks at work might actually aid in enhancing memory and attention in the workers.

  6. Enhances Work Performance:

    Standing at work may aid in improving work performance and productivity in the employees.

Side Effects of

Side Effects of "Standing at Work"

Here below are some of the side effects of standing at work.

  1. Health Problems Associated With Standing At Work:

    Though it is true that standing being a natural human posture, usually causes no significant health issue; however working on a standing desk every day and for extended hours can cause some noted side effects or health problems which may include sore feet, varicose veins, swelling of the legs, general muscular fatigue, stiffness in the neck and shoulders, general muscular fatigue, and several other health issues.

  2. Possible Serious Health Complications From Standing At Work:

    Prolonged standing at work on a daily basis at a later phase of life can cause a serious health complication known as Rheumatic diseases because of degenerative damage to the tendons and ligaments because of lack of mobility.

  3. Lack of Flexibility While Standing At Work:

    There is one more side effect of standing at work for a prolonged and frequent basis. Standing desks at work may limit the employees' body positions while standing at work. There is a lack of body flexibility which may again lead to some associated health issues.

Do's and Don'ts While "Standing at Work":

"If there are benefits, take the best possible ones out of them; if there are side effects, try to conquer them". Here, let us know about the Do's and Don'ts while standing at work which would help you keep safe from the side effects of Standing at work.

Do's while "Standing at work":

Below are some of the Do's while standing at work, you need to keep a note on.

  • Adjust the height of the work station as per the dimensions of your body by using elbow height as a guide
  • Organize your work place in a way that usual operations are done within easy reach
  • Always keep you body close to the work while on a standing desk at workplace.
  • Try and change your working position and not remain immobilized standing for long.
  • In order to change your body weight from both leg to one or the other leg; use the foot rail.
  • Always face the object at work
  • Have a seat near you and use it whenever possible while standing at work. This allows you to offer rest to your legs.
  • Do wear shoes that provide a firm grip for the heel.
  • Wear shoes that allow freedom to move your toes. Shoes that are narrow or too shallow can result in more of pain and fatigue
  • Do wear shoes having lace-up fastenings
  • Always use a shock-absorbing cushioned insole while working on metal or on cement floors.

Don'ts While Standing at Work:

Below are some of the don'ts to note while standing at work.

  • While standing at work, do not reach behind the shoulder line.
  • Do not reach above shoulder line often while standing at work
  • Avoid overreaching beyond the comfort point while in a standing position.
  • Do not wear flat shoes.
  • Do not wear shoes with high heels. A small heel in the shoes is good to reduce strain on the Achilles tendon.
  • Avoid standing on metal or concrete floor
  • Do not use thick rubber floor mats. Excessive cushioning can generate fatigue in the legs.


So, here in this article we talked about some of the health benefits, side effects as well as ways to cross over the side effects of standing at work. If you found this beneficial, try to design your work place and your position while standing at work and keep away from the side effects of standing for long. You can get the best of health benefits by adapting to an active desk at work rather than being in a sedentary or sitting desk job.

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Last Modified On: September 27, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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