Standing is an upright human posture in which the body is supported only by the feet. Often misunderstood as a static position, standing is actually a form of dynamic balance where the center of the body is supported by rocking on the front of the ankle. Standing erect requires a high degree of coordination and control of a persons nervous system and core muscles to maintain stability. The average age in which humans begin to stand is between 8-12 months. Standing is believed to have beneficial cognitive and health impacts and many workplaces are now offering standing desks as a desk option.
Standing has been proven to decrease the risk of heart disease as standing lowers blood sugar and cholesterol while reducing weight. Standing is also correlated to reducing back pain, increased productivity, higher energy levels, and greater life expectancy.
Experts advise that people stand at their desk between 15-30 minutes every hour (1:4 to 1:3 ratio) to gain the health benefits of standing.
Children learn to stand without support as early as 8 months, with an average between 10-12 months.