To prevent “sitting disease” and promote good health, many office workers are switching to standing desks. Research shows that staying in your chair for ten or more hours a week can be directly linked to weight gain, back issues and circulatory problems in the long run. In contrast, standing seems to reverse many of these illnesses. Spending your hours standing feels more natural and burns more calories. Instead of crouching over the computer screen, you can turn, pace, dance and fidget like humans do naturally. This allows the body to burn calories and the extra movement allows the blood to circulate throughout the body.

1. Lose Weight

Sitting down all day is one of the worst things you can do for your body. You literally burn more calories by chewing a piece of gum than you do by sitting. Standing while you work, in comparison, can burn up to an extra 280 calories a day. Sound crazy? The difference might not seem like a lot, but it’s the difference between 2000 calories a week leading to a weight gain of 20 pounds over a year.

2. Improve Posture

Chances are you probably don’t have good posture sitting at your desk. Standing naturally improves your posture. Standing naturally promotes better posture and helps strengthen your muscles. It allows your body the natural movement it craves while taking pressure off of your back and joints.

3. More Energy

That sluggish feeling you get when you’ve been sedentary for a long time is actually caused by sitting. Standing up at your desk keeps the blood flowing and allows you to feel vibrant and alert. When your body has more space and the ability to move naturally, you’ll feel less fatigued and have more energy throughout the day.