The Benefits of Standing Desks you Need to Know About
September 23, 2021

Sitting too much can become unhealthy and negatively affect posture. Office workers frequently complain about back pain, and being sat down for hours at a time could be the cause. Many people are now switching to standing desks to work more comfortably and improve their health and wellbeing. We at Ryman would like to tell you what the benefits of standing desks actually are.

What Are Standing Desks

The paper hive cardboard standing desk The paper hive cardboard standing desk

Standing (or sit-stand) desks, are exactly what you’d expect them to be, desks that you stand at to do your work. When they have been adjusted to your height, they are rather comfortable to work at. They certainly look different from the traditional desks found in offices, but don’t be surprised if you see one pop up in your office soon- they are becoming a lot more common.

The Benefits of Standing Desks for Your Health

Standing workstation with a laptop placed on it and a woman standing in front of it.Standing workstation with a laptop placed on it and a woman standing in front of it.

There have been many positive physical and mental changes attributed to swapping from a sitting desk to a standing desk. The reduction of back and neck pain is chief among them. Often people will hunch over to type on their laptop and look at the screen. When this becomes a habit, it will start to cause back pain and require stretching and exercise to reduce the soreness. Switching to a standing desk can prevent this. If you set up your standing desk so everything is in your eye line, there will be no need to slouch. 

Some studies suggest that using standing desks improves energy levels. Being sat down for long periods can sometimes make you feel a bit lethargic. If you’re standing, you’re more likely to feel energised and be more productive. It’ll make the work day feel like it’s flying by!

Using a standing desk may even lower blood sugar levels. Excessive sedentary time has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, especially if you frequently sit for long periods after eating. Choosing to stand after eating is a healthy choice made by many, and is a great benefit of standing desks.

Posture can be improved by incorporating a standing desk into your life. Standing intermittently during the work day can help strengthen your core, leg, ankle and foot muscles. By strengthening these muscles, your posture will improve slowly over time. Improved posture can help reduce back and neck pain.

The Best Standing Desks

There are a huge variety of standing desks available and you can buy the best at Ryman. 

For those of you on a budget or in a temporary space, the Paper Hive Pop-up Cardboard Standing Desk (£39.99) is ideal. This easy to assemble desk can support 50kg and is 100% recyclable. One of the best features of this standing desk is how fast you can assemble it, it can take as little as 20 seconds! You’ll be set with this standing desk and ready to feel all the benefits of using it.

If you want something sturdy and adjustable at a reasonable price, then you should get the Fellowes Lotus Sit-Stand Workstation (£429.99). Perfect for incorporating some movement into your work day, the Fellowes Lotus has 22 varying heights to choose from and 2 different work surfaces. The surfaces allow plenty of room for your desk essentials. Arriving fully assembled, you can use your standing desk immediately. 

A standing desk is something you should be using every day you work, for that reason we recommend investing in it. The Yo-Yo Pro 2 Plus Height Adjustable Desk is a top of the range standing desk. Currently on offer for £649.99, the Yo-Yo Pro 2 Plus is designed to last with it’s sturdy steel frame. The motors within the frame are silent, so you don’t have to worry about disturbing your colleagues if you need to adjust your desk in the middle of the day. A huge perk of this desk is you can use it to alternate between sitting and standing, you don’t have to move to a completely different workstation!

If you didn’t find the standing desk you want, you can browse the full range of standing desks here. Our full desk range is available to browse here too. You’ll be sure to find something you love!