The Proven Benefits of Standing Desks: 37 Evidence Backed Studies

We've compiled a list of 37 of the most recent standing desk studies showing the benefits of using a standing desk or standing desk  converter.

The links below will take you to the original study located on the academic journal's website.

Academic journals can be difficult to understand if you aren't familiar with the specific terms they use. In upcoming posts, we will look at a few of these studies and simplify their findings.


Title & Link Journal Source Year
Cardiometabolic Impact of Changing Sitting, Standing, and Stepping in the Workplace Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2018
Economic evaluation of a randomized controlled trial of an intervention to reduce office workers' sitting time: the "Stand Up Victoria" trial Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health 2018
"Could you sit down please?" A qualitative analysis of employees' experiences of standing in normally-seated workplace meetings PLOS ONE 2018
Sedentary behavior associated with reduced medial temporal lobe thickness in middle-aged and older adults PLOS ONE 2018
A Cluster RCT to Reduce Workers' Sitting Time: Impact on Cardiometabolic Biomarkers Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 2017
A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial to Reduce Office Workers' Sitting Time: Effect on Activity Outcomes International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2016
Evaluating the effectiveness of organisational-level strategies with or without an activity tracker to reduce office workers' sitting time: a cluster-randomised trial. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2016
Office workers' objectively assessed total and prolonged sitting time: Individual-level correlates and worksite variations Preventative Medicine Reports 2016
Stand-Biased Versus Seated Classrooms and Childhood Obesity: A Randomized Experiment in Texas American Journal of Public Health 2016
Economic impact of moderate‐vigorous physical activity among those with and without established cardiovascular disease: 2012 medical expenditure panel survey Journal of the American Heart Association 2016
Effect of frequent interruptions of prolonged sitting on self-perceived levels of energy, mood, food cravings and cognitive function International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2016
Impact of a sit-stand workstation on chronic low back pain Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2016
Classroom standing desks & sedentary behavior: a systematic review American Academy of Pediatrics 2016
Call center productivity over 6 months following a standing desk intervention IIE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors 2016
Why Are Children Different in Their Daily Sedentariness? PLOS ONE 2015
Impact of prolonged sitting on vascular function in young girls Experimental Psychology 2015
Sit, stand, learn: using workplace wellness sit-stand results to improve student behavior and learning American College of Sports Medicine: Health & Fitness Journal 2015
Patterns and sustainability of sit-stand workstation use in a typical office workplace International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity 2015
Reducing children's classroom sitting time using sit-to-stand desks Oxford Journal of Public Health 2015
Standing up for learning: pilot investigation on neurocognitive benefits of stand-biased desks International Journal of Environmental Research Public Health 2015
Breaking up workplace sitting time with intermittent standing bouts improves fatigue and musculoskeletal discomfort in overweight/obese office workers Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014
Effects of a non-sedentary workspace on information elaboration and group performance SAGE Journals 2014
Workplace sitting and height-adjustable workstations, a randomized controlled trial American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2014
Iterative development of stand up Australia: multi-component intervention to reduce workplace sitting Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity 2014
Avoiding sedentary behavior might lengthen telomeres: secondary outcomes from physical activity in older people British Journal of Sports Medicine 2014
Using sit-stand workstations to decrease sedentary time in office workers Int'l Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 2014
Impact of a stand-biased desk on energy expenditure and physical activity for elementary students Int'l Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 2014
Minimal intensity physical activity improves insulin action and plasma lipids more than shorter periods of exercise in sedentary subjects PLOS one 2013
Reducing sitting time in office workers: short-term efficacy of a multicomponent intervention Preventative Medicine 2013
Standing-based office work shows encouraging signs of attenuating post-prandial glycaemic excursion Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2013
Physical exercise and executive functions in preadolescent children, adolescents and young adults: a meta-analysis British Journal of Sports Medicine 2012
Sit-stand workstations: a pilot intervention to reduce office sitting time American Journal of Preventative Medicine 2012
Using stand/sit workstations in classrooms: lessons learned from a pilot study Journal of Public Health Management & Practice 2012
Reducing occupational sitting time and improving worker health Centers for Disease Control & Prevention 2011
Impact of stand-biased desks in classrooms on calorie expenditure in children American Journal of Public Health 2011
The association between school-based physical activity, including physical education, and academic performance Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2010
Amount of time spent in sedentary behaviors in the United States, 2003-2004 American Journal of Epidemiology 2008