Stand-Up Desks Are Much Better For My Body... Right??

Stand-Up Desks Are Much Better For My Body... Right??

Standing desks or stand-up desks are not a new fad. They've been around since at least the time of Benjamin Franklin, one of our nation's founding fathers.  Good ole' Ben used one over two hundred years ago in his print shop in Philly. However, there remains a great deal of controversy regarding the benefits and drawbacks of stand-up desks.

A number of sources agree that standing up while you work gives you more energy and keeps you more alert. The University of Chester performed a study in 2014 that showed heartbeats rose by ten beats per minute because of standing. Which then increased the total number of calories burned each day.

In addition, blood glucose levels after lunch returned to normal significantly faster in the study subjects who stood as they worked. Others have found that standing helps reduce lower back pain.

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Health Alert: Long-Term Exposure to Vibration Puts Some Workers at Risk

Health Alert: Long-Term Exposure to Vibration Puts Some Workers at Risk

According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease report, chronic pain is the single leading cause of disabilities worldwide. It represents an enormous burden for the world's healthcare systems-caring for afflicted patients costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Chronic pain is also a major concern for employers, who lose billions of dollars as a result of absences and reduced productivity. Given the economic costs involved (not to mention the quality-of-life implications for individuals), it's no surprise that both public, and private, sector organizations are very interested in understanding the causes of chronic pain, especially those that might relate to the workplace.

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