Stand Up and Be Healthy

During a trip to IKEA, Hut decided on a sit/stand desk for his home office. Learn about the benefits of standing while you work, surf, email or game:



If you’ve been planning a visit to Ikea, make sure to follow the path to the Office Furniture section for an innovative product called the sit/stand desk. Even if you don’t have a home office—if your computer is used for emailing, surfing or gaming—this product offers multiple hidden health benefits to you and your family.

A recent feature on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta highlighted how “Sitting will kill you, even if you exercise.” Dr. Gupta mentions that our bodies were not meant to sit for the majority of the day.

When standing, certain chemicals are released that contribute to longevity. When sitting, it’s like we’re telling our bodies we don’t need those substances so the body shuts them off.

While we sit, our posture is compromised. Plus our spines and internal organs stay compressed for long periods of time; our digestion is affected. “Sitting disease” also lessens circulation and breathing.

Here’s the kicker: Even if you exercise vigorously for an hour a day, it doesn’t counteract the negative effects of longtime sitting. The Annals of Internal Medicine recently published study findings called “Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, and Hospitalization in Adults.”

Disease? Yes. Sit for 8 to 12 hours a day and increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 90%. Hospitalization? Just from “sedentary time,” a.k.a. sitting?

What can be done to improve our health and counteract the side effects of sitting?


sit-stand-desk_standingEnter the IKEA® sit/stand desk. Go to and type “sit/stand” in the product search box. You’ll be presented with a variety of desk styles that actually raise up at the push of a button, allowing you to work, email, surf or game while standing up.

If you need a break and would like to sit for a while, push the same button to lower the desk and you can sit down.

For a high-end sit/stand solution, check out the nextdesk™ at They offer a wide variety of stand-up desk configurations, from the Solo™, that holds little more than your laptop, to the Conference that will accommodate several people who would like to hold a stand-up meeting.

Ask your employer if he or she would consider stand-up furniture solutions!

sit-stand-desk_sittingAnother idea that’s becoming more popular with daytime ex-sitters is a treadmill desk. It has legs that straddle your treadmill, allowing you to work and walk at the same time. Some are even called “desk treadmills” and come with a desk already implemented on the treadmill.

So instead of sitting, you could be walking all day—and think of the health benefits! Visit to find a treadmill desk or a desk treadmill for your home or office. Fitness Headquarters has several locations in the DFW Metroplex.

Let’s not give in to being a sedentary society. We have tools, like the sit/stand desks and treadmill desks, to help improve our posture, get bodily systems flowing, and stretch out our internal organs, giving them the space they need to function optimally.

Take steps to improve your long-term health: If you’re a perpetual sitter, invest in a stand-up desk!