Why Use a Standing Desk?
If you must work at a desk, science shows standing is healthier than sitting. Sitting shortens your muscles and tendons, compresses your spine and doesn’t promote movement. On the other hand, using a standing desk puts your spine in a stable position, allows you to stretch your muscles, and encourages you to move more throughout your day. The chair is a great tool for resting, but prolonged sitting causes dysfunction in your body.
Oristand is a standing desk converter, meaning it’s not a desk itself – it’s an object you place on top of your existing desk or table, transforming it into a stand up desk.
Naturally, standing desk converters are much cheaper than full-on office desks that rise and lower to suit your sitting or standing position. Because they’re so affordable, standing desk converters like Oristand are a very popular option.
We designed Oristand to be an accessible alternative to expensive $400-$1000 standing desks. Price should not be a barrier to better health.
The best thing to do is switch positions regularly, every 20-30 mins. And if you can’t do that, every hour or so works just fine. Just move more.
Lucky for you, studies have indicated that when you stand you’re more likely to move throughout the day as your body needs it, including walking around and taking breaks.
Here are some facts about standing and sitting from the experts:
From Dr. James Levine’s book “Get Up: Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It”
Standing vs. sitting is truly a matter of life or death. Dr. Levine of Mayo Clinic asserts that “for every hour you sit, two hours of life walk away.”
“People who sat for 11 hours or more per day had a 40 percent greater risk of premature death than people who sat for four hours or less. Sitting accounted for 7 percent of all premature deaths. It was clear that the chair sentence extends beyond obesity; if you sit too long, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and early death follow.”
Studies reveal that “people who reported sitting for more hours of the day had 24% greater risk of developing colon cancer, a 32% higher risk of endometrial cancer and a 21% higher risk of lung cancer – regardless of how much they exercised. In another study involving a group of men and women who reported exercising the same amount, each additional hour they spent sitting was linked to a drop in their fitness levels.”
From Dr. Kelly Starret’s book “Deskbound“
“Standing is your best option because it enables you to employ the greatest number of means to support spinal organization and stability. Standing also promotes more movement throughout the day.”
“When standing is not an option, sitting on the ground, or in a supported passive position is better than sitting upright in a chair.”
“When you have to sit upright in a chair, prioritize your stiff trunk/neutral spine and add a second pillar of support by sitting crosslegged or manspreading.”.
Yes! Oristand founder, and Hootsuite CEO, Ryan Holmes was experiencing back-pain after a sports-related injury and his doctor immediately recommended he use a standing desk. After a quick google search on “standing desks” he was blown away at the $400-$1000+ price tag. His entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he teamed up with designer Steve Suchy to create Oristand – an affordable standing desk for the masses.
It’s important to note that standing is not a substitute for physical activity, body maintenance, and diet. Consult your health professional and read books like Deskbound and Get Up for further education.
That said, people who use standing desks burn more calories throughout the day and tend to move more, leading to positive effects such as weight loss and increase in muscle mass.
Additionally, studies show that there are strong links between sitting and obesity. On average, people with obesity sit 2 hours and 15 minutes more a day than lean people. For caloric counts, see “How many calories are burnt at a standing desk?”