Is It Bad to Stand All Day? Finding the Balance for a Healthier Lifestyle.

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Is It Bad to Stand All Day? Finding the Balance for a Healthier Lifestyle.


In today’s fast-paced world, many of us find ourselves standing for prolonged periods due to the nature of our jobs, daily routines, or personal preferences. While standing has been touted as a healthier alternative to sitting, there has been an ongoing debate on whether it’s bad to stand all day. As with most things in life, finding a balance is key. In this blog, we will delve into the potential benefits and drawbacks of standing all day and explore ways to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The Pros of Standing

1. Reduced Sedentary Behaviour: Standing promotes movement and reduces sedentary behaviour, which is associated with numerous health risks, including obesity, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

2. Improved Posture: Standing can encourage better posture, leading to reduced strain on the spine and improved musculoskeletal health.

3. Increased Caloric Burn: While standing burns more calories than sitting, it’s essential to remember that the difference is not substantial. Nevertheless, every bit of activity counts towards a healthier lifestyle.

4. Enhanced Energy Levels: Some individuals report feeling more alert and energized when standing, which can lead to increased productivity.

The Cons of Standing

1. Muscle Fatigue and Discomfort: Standing for extended periods can lead to muscle fatigue and discomfort, particularly in the lower back, legs, and feet.

2. Varicose Veins and Circulation Issues: Prolonged standing may contribute to varicose veins and circulatory problems as blood can pool in the lower extremities.

3. Joint Stress: Continuous standing can put stress on the knees and hip joints, potentially leading to long-term issues if not addressed.

4. Impact on Productivity: While some individuals feel more focused when standing, others may experience decreased productivity due to discomfort or distractions.

Finding the Balance

1. Use Ergonomic Furniture: If your job requires you to stand for long periods, invest in ergonomic furniture like anti-fatigue mats, height-adjustable standing desks, and supportive footwear to reduce strain on your body.

2. Take Breaks: Incorporate short breaks throughout the day to sit or walk around. Alternate between sitting and standing to give your body time to rest.

3. Practice Good Posture: Whether you’re sitting or standing, maintaining proper posture is crucial for your musculoskeletal health. Keep your shoulders back, chin up, and avoid slouching.

4. Stretch Regularly: Stretching can help alleviate muscle tension and improve circulation. Simple exercises like calf raises, hip flexor stretches, and shoulder rolls can make a difference.

5. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body feels. If you’re experiencing discomfort or fatigue, adjust your position or take a break.


Is it bad to stand all day? Like many aspects of our lives, moderation is key. Standing all day can be detrimental to your health, just as excessive sitting can be. The key is to find a balance between sitting, standing, and moving throughout the day. Incorporate small lifestyle changes, listen to your body’s cues, and invest in ergonomic solutions to ensure a healthier and more productive lifestyle.
Remember, everyone’s body is different, so find what works best for you. If you have concerns about your work environment or any persistent discomfort, consult with a healthcare professional or an ergonomics expert for personalized advice. Let’s strive for a healthier and happier life by striking the right balance in our daily routines.

For more information contact us and we can help you find a solution that suits your individual needs.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.

Nickel 10/05/24

Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.