Stand up to well-being! How electric standing desks improve your health

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Stand up to well-being! How electric standing desks improve your health

You know that running, cycling to work, going to the gym regularly, and watching your diet has a positive effect on health.

What you may not have known is that even something as simple as standing up more can prevent a number of health issues!

It may not look like much, but standing can tangibly improve your health and wellbeing.

And while it may burn less energy compared to your nightly gym sesh or morning jog, it’s also much easier to fit into your routine (especially if your workplace uses electric standing desks).

Not to mention, it’s a huge step up from spending all day sitting!

Why Standing is good for your health 

Simple: it’s a form of exercise.

Sure, it might not be high-intensity exercise – however, many studies confirm that even low-level physical activity can potentially have wide-reaching consequences!

The more you stand up, the more your risk of heart disease goes down

According to research conducted by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, inactivity (such as prolonged sitting during the workday!) is one of the biggest risk factors in a range of health problems, including heart disease.

In fact, the study found that for participants between 30 and 80, inactivity and sitting had a bigger impact than smoking!

Here’s the thing, though: exercise doesn’t have to be high-intensity to benefit you – all that time spent standing adds up, and can potentially have an even greater effect.

According to a 2015 study published by the European Heart Journal, spending more time on your feet has similar effects to regular exercise.

Specifically, it was found to have helped control sugar and cholesterol levels in participants, thereby decreasing the risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

How standing can help you lose weight

Ask any personal trainer, and they’ll tell you the same thing: weight loss comes down to calories in vs. calories out.

The maths says that as long as you’re using more calories than you consume, you will lose weight.

While exercise and diet help, at the end of the day, they’re all about shifting the calorie equation (exercise increases calorie burn, while diet reduces calorie intake).

Even simple behaviour such as standing can increase your calorie burn rate – conversely, inactivity can reduce it, increasing your risk of unwanted weight gain.

Standing for an hour can burn anywhere between 100 and 200 calories – if you spend even half a workday standing, you could potentially burn anywhere between 400 and 800 calories a day, without going to the gym!

Standing while working may not be a major factor in losing weight. However, it can build more muscle and help lose fat in small increments, making it a great complement to other weight loss strategies.

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Standing more at work

Most of us spend our working days seated – naturally, the office is the first place to look when it comes to finding ways to incorporate more standing into our daily routines.

But how can you integrate standing in your work routine?

Well, for starters you could:

  • Stretch a little during breaks – grab a mug, take a short trip to the pantry, and drink your coffee standing
  • Stretch your legs regularly – try standing during phone calls
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walk up to coworkers to talk instead of using email or IM
  • Leave your office during lunch breaks – even for a 5-minute walk around the block
  • Stand while doing your work with an electric standing desk

Of course, as with all things, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing!

Are there perils in standing too much?

While we may have just spent a bunch of time extolling the benefits of standing over sitting, it would be remiss of us to ignore the potential health consequences of standing too much!

Just as how prolonged sitting comes with many negative health consequences, extended standing can also be problematic too.

According to some health experts, excessive standing places strain on the leg muscles and veins. This can result in varicose veins, and can also wear your leg muscles, causing muscle pain.

Does this mean that standing is unhealthy? Far from it – while there are hazards if you stand too much, it’s still a world better than the alternative.

Don’t forget, sitting is the bad guy here!

Remember that standing can do a world of good for our bodies. But there is a secret…

What’s the secret? Switching between sitting and standing with an electric standing desk

Basically, cycling between sitting and standing throughout the day gives you the best of both worlds.

You can enjoy the benefits of increased standing and reduces sedentary behaviour, while also protecting yourself from the potential damage you can cause your leg muscles.

It’s because of this that electric standing desks are quickly becoming a workplace trend!

If you’re going to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the workday, you’re going to need a desk that you can adjust to accommodate your different stances.

While many traditional standing desks can be height adjusted, it’s a manual process. You’ll have to fiddle with knobs and dials, potentially taking minutes of your time.

The outcome is a desk that has the capability to move, but cumbersome operation eventually leads to it becoming just another stagnant desk.

By contrast, electric standing desks make the transition effortless – all you’ll have to do is flick a switch. Quiet internal motors will do the rest, automatically lowering or raising your desk much quicker than could be done by hand.

Ergomotion’s electric standing desks even allow you to save your preferred heights – perfect if your desk is shared between multiple people or shifts!

Explore our electric standing desks in Melbourne

Stand up for your health with Ergomotion!

Our mission is simple: to transform Australian offices into healthier, more ergonomic places to work.

To achieve that, we produce a wide variety of different ergonomic office equipment – electric standing desks included.

Our team makes standing desks in Melbourne and ships Australia-wide, combining expert engineering and workmanship with reliable, high-quality electrical components from Europe.

With a wide range of standing desk platforms and optional extras, our team can customise your desk for you and your office.

Whether it’s a one-off for a home office or a large order for an entire office building, don’t hesitate – call Ergomotion on (03) 9579 1454 or click here to reach out online.

Google Reviews


Google Reviews

Nancy Tseng 22/04/22

I would highly recommend this electric desk to all ages, the the best decision I’ve made for my sons study table. The service was excellent, prompt in responses and on time schedule with the delivery time. The removalists were very careful bringing into our study room on the second level.
Very happy with the purchase!!

Farhin C 12/04/22

Amazing e-desk - sturdy, spacious and great quality wood. It fits well into the home office. Assembling it was mostly straightforward with the video! Thanks Guy

Nick G 11/04/22

I'm only just reading all the Google Reviews now, just before writing this, after having purchased and built a desk; and this is basically going to be saying the same thing as all the others, the owner, Guy, is absolutely great and so are the desks. There's a reason why all the reviews are genuine 5 stars. I had been doing research on numerous sit/stand desks and the manufactures of the frames/motors that go into them. I wanted a good quality and reliable setup so I decided to something that utilised Linak (manufacturer) hardware and so I set out trying to find a sit/stand desk that used them. As I was after something specific, I contacted a number businesses before placing an order so that I understood exactly what it was I was purchasing. Unfortunately most of those other businesses seemed more interested in B2B, and a couple didn't even bother responding. I had even gone so far as to contact a business in Canada, who eagerly could supply everything, but unfortunately not for running on 240v. I almost gave up and was just about to head to Ikea. Then I came across Ergomotion. I shot through an email with some questions about their Edesk, and I got a clear informative response within hours. The owner, Guy, kindly followed up, answered further questions, and was also able to order extra parts from Linak on request. To ensure I had all the information I needed before placing an order, he even went so far as to warn me of a slight upcoming price increase. Guy knows his products, knows it in great detail and has a wealth of helpful knowledge.

Ronnie Bernhart 04/04/22


Alice Burgess 19/03/22

Great customer service and desk is exactly as described. Setting it all up was straight forward too. The electric movement up and down is really smooth and quiet - couldn't be happier!

Kevin Ha 17/03/22

After a very unpleasant and disappointing customer service experience with another desk from one of the more "well-known" commercial standing desk companies, I came across Ergomotion and Guy after extensive research to find a replacement and I am glad turned out this way. Dealing with Guy was an absolute pleasure, he was able to answer all my questions and provide me with a range of customisation options including a solid rubberwood desk top which I decided on after seeing the desk in person. In the end, I ended up with a higher quality desk and look forward to continue using it for years to come. Thanks Guy!

Anthony Lunken 17/03/22

We’ve had an Ergomotion High /Low Desk since 2015, well before standing at a work station was a “Thing” in Australia. It’s been fabulous! It’s reliable, speedy and quiet in its height adjustments. Guy, the business owner, is approachable for after sales service queries. To achieve more posture positions & comfort, we use a 10cm foot stool while standing! Many thanks Guy for the great service… Cheers Avril & Tony (Heidelberg West, formerly Moorabbin)

Andre Fernandez 15/03/22

Before purchasing from Ergomotion, I wondered how a business can actually have a 5.0 star perfect rating on Google. After purchasing an electric standing desk and dealing with Guy, I know how. 1) HIGH QUALITY: The desks from here all use high quality LINAK motors and frames. The desk top that I received was commercial grade laminate from Laminex. 2) GENUINE SERVICE: When I initially wanted a more expensive variant, Guy explained to me the differences and suggested the more affordable variant. 3) CUSTOMISATION: Guy helped me customise the size of the size of my desktop - something no other business offered. 4) CONVENIENCE: For a nominal fee, Guy delivered the desk, FULLY ASSEMBLED. All I did was plug it in. Can't get this level of convenience with any other of the many businesses that offer standing desks. If I buy another standing desk, it will be from Ergomotion.

Tas Maniatis 15/03/22

Amazing customer service and quality product and exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend Ergomotion for their exception product offering and service.

Jake Port 12/03/22

Quality at a reasonable price which is made even better by Guy. You’re made to feel special and nothing is too hard which in this day and age, is honestly hard to come by. Do yourself a favour and support a local family business.