The fad of standing while working may die hard but science is catching up to it.
The idea that standing at work will make one healthier has always been a tough one to believe. It requires a series of premises:
- Using a standing desk increases the amount of standing
- Standing longer improves one's health
- The health improvement is measurable using a well-defined metric
- The incremental standing is of sufficient amount to effect an improvement in health
- No other factors are required to attain the said improvement
- No other factors ameliorate the said improvement (e.g. standing more may expense more energy, causing one to snack more)
Now, the Cochrane foundation has looked at the evidence, and found it lacking (link). Cochrane researchers:
The quality of evidence was very low to low for most interventions mainly because studies were very poorly designed and because they had very few participants. We conclude that at present there is very low quality evidence that sit-stand desks can reduce sitting at work at the short term. There is no evidence for other types of interventions. We need research to assess the effectiveness of different types of interventions for decreasing sitting at workplaces in the long term.
Seems like they haven't passed the first hurdle - does using standing desks actually reduce the amount of sitting at work?
Ergo, don't feel guilty about sitting down.