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Employee Wellness: Stand-Up Desks

Posted By Diquan Edmonds, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, May 8, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Thanks to a grant, NCRPA was able to purchase stand-up desks for our team. So far, we are all loving the change! This wellness blog will cover the health benefits of stand-up desks, and how your department can adopt the change.

Sitting for long periods of time is commonly known to be bad for overall health. According to the Washington Post, risks of sitting for prolonged periods include heart disease, sore shoulders and back, and poor circulation in legs. This can cause problems for those of us with jobs that require us to sit down.

Stand-up desks have been around for ages. They are a great way to avoid sitting down for the majority of the day, but still be productive in an office setting. According to, stand-up desks can have a variety of benefits on your health:

  • Reduced risk of obesity

  • Reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and other metabolic problems

  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease

  • Reduced risk of cancer

To read the full article on regarding stand-up desks, click this link.

In addition to health benefits that standing up more can provide, there are also productivity benefits! According to a study referenced in the Washington Post, “employees using stand-capable desks were more productive than their colleagues in standard, seated desks.” The study goes on to state that  “Researchers noticed a difference in the workers’ comfort, attitude about work, and how they felt about themselves.”

If you are interested in starting to use a stand-up desk, there are a few things to consider. According to, sitting and standing should be alternated back and forth every “30 minutes of each for most people” while adjusting to your new set up. The article also provides an infographic that shows the correct posture to use when standing.

There are a number of different types of stand-up desks options that can be adapted to your office space. If you have an office big enough to fit multiple desks, a non-adjustable stand-up desk can be added. However, if you have a smaller space, an adjustable stand-up desk may be right for you. These desks can be adjusted to standing and sitting height by the turn of a crank.

Once you have your desk in place, there are a number of different fitness equipment that can be added to your daily work routine! At the NCRPA office, the grant also covered a desk elliptical trainer. I love using the pedals for a few minutes each day while I’m sitting down to get my heart rate up.

Enjoy these photos of the NCRPA team up and using our stand-up desks! Nicole and I have the adjustable variety, while Matt, Wanda, and Michelle have the non-adjustable type. We hope to see you all up and standing soon!

Until next time,


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