How standing desks can help students with bad posture

Jennifer Dawsonon 24 March 2021
woman standing at desk

Has lockdown learning left you with bad posture? Find out the benefits of standing desks.

Studying remotely is notorious for the strain it puts on your posture. Students already make up part of the population with the highest risk of sedentarism (or lack of physical activity), and this figure is likely even higher now that the majority of students are studying from home.

Sedentary behaviour (sitting down for a long period of time while viewing a screen, reading, or travelling in a vehicle) can affect your cardiovascular health and increase your chance of developing problems such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. One solution aimed at lowering the impact of extended sitting time is the standing desk, which allows you to lift and lower the desk to alternate between sitting and standing while studying online.

How many students use standing desks?

Students have to sit down for most of the lectures throughout their degree. Over three to four years, this adds up to a lot of forced sedentary behaviour.

Standing desks are an effective way of reducing the time spent sitting around during class. One study looked into whether or not students would actually use standing desks, finding that 80% of students said they would, provided their classes had this piece of furniture. 

Benefits of standing desks

According to a 2016 Texas A&M University study, using standing desks can result in a 46% improvement in productivity, while also helping to burn calories and fight obesity. Standing desks take a little getting used to, but they will lead to improved performance in the long run.

If you’re keen on investing in your health, consider using a standing desk - the long-term benefits are well worth the investment.

Costs of standing desks

You may be able to get help towards purchasing a standing desk if you suffer from any debilitating conditions. If you choose to buy one out of your own pocket, a high-end standing desk will set you back around £300.

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Jennifer Dawsonon 24 March 2021