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Research Supporting Sit Stand Desk Use

There's a big difference between touted benefits and benefits reported in peer-reviewed journals and reputable publications. We've compiled the list of articles below we find most compelling, and share them in the hopes of helping you make an informed decision.
Please contact us with any suggestions or with feedback on our list.

Articles and Research on Sit Stand Desks

Sit Stand Desks and Your Health. link

Source:, Inc. in collaboration with OMH Solutions, PLLC | Mar 8, 2018
Author(s): Dr. Nikki Weiner, OTD, OTR/L
Our Opinion:
Our contributing research editor, Dr. Nikki Weiner, OTD, OTR/L, has written an excellent, quick read on the dangers of sitting at work. There is a lot of "sitting is the new smoking" hype out there, but Nikki cuts through the noise to report only that which is supported by peer-reviewed research. (Her sources cited is almost as long as the article!)

More standing and just as productive: Effects of a sit-stand desk intervention on call center workers’ sitting, standing, and productivity at work in the Opt to Stand pilot study. link

Source: University of Sydney | Dec 12, 2015
Author(s): Josephine Y.Chaua, William Sukala, KarlaFedel, Anna Do, Lina Engelen, Megan Kingham, Amanda Sainsbury, Adrian E.Bauman
Our Opinion:
Sit Stand Desks caused people to stand more at work. From the publication: The results of the Opt to Stand study demonstrate that providing sit-stand desks for customer care (call center) workers can increase standing time at work...These changes are important in light of the evidence about the harms linked to prolonged sitting (Wilmot et al, 2012; Chau et al, 2013) and potential benefits of increasing standing as one way to reduce sitting time (van der Ploeg et al, 2014; Matthews et al, 2015). Our data strongly suggest that sit-stand desks are a feasible option for increasing standing in desk-based workers that can be translated to non-health-related workplaces...

Boosting Productivity at Work May Be Simple: Stand Up link

Source: Texas A&M | May 24, 2016
Authors: Gregory Garrett, Mark Benden, Ranjana Mehta, Adam Pickens, S. Camille Peres & Hongwei Zhao
Our Opinion:
There has been some criticism of this study, which observed a 46% gain in productivity, but even the critics say that the gains are a respectable 10-15%.

Effects of an Electric height-Adjustable Worksurface on Self-Assessed Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Productivity in Computer Workers. link

Source: Cornell University | Sep 18, 2004
Author(s): Professor Alan Hedge
Our Opinion:
Although this research article is dated, it offers a nice summary of results for those experiencing muscle pain from prolonged periods of sitting at a computer.
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