The Importance of #SitLess and #MoveMore at work
According to the
Get Britain Standing
campaign the typical office worker spends a 70% of their time sitting at a
Increasingly experts recommend reducing our sitting time at work by the
widespread introduction of ergonomic solutions to relieve some of the
physical stresses associated with sitting all day.
Interestingly the productivity benefits are also becoming increasingly
understood. A Texas based health company conducted a study on standing desks
in their call centre with
. Over 12 months they witnessed a 17% increase in productivity.
The best way to reduce sitting-related issues is to stand up (between 2 – 4
hours during the working day according to
Active Working and
Public Health England expert guidance report 2015
). This is done best by mixing up standing, sitting and
walking as much as
possible. Increasingly experts
are building the evidence
that standing desks and Active Working principals provide a long-term
solution, addressing the issue at its source by creating an upright
workstation which encourages greater movement and improved posture. Whilst
an office chair with ergonomic features such as lumbar support, adjustable
height and arm rests can provide benefits, chairs by themselves merely
relieve some of the symptoms without treating the root cause.
Sit-Stand Desks (ie Standing Desks) Provide Versatility
Our lifestyles today make too easy to sit and also ignore the body's need
for regular movement and an upright position. Sit-Stand desks (ie Standing
Desks) provide an easy and convenient way to change positions and relieve
some of the stresses that a seated job can cause.
There are so many
benefits of standing
which make standing desks valuable in the workplace. Beyond ergonomics, one
of their primary benefits is their versatility. Most sit-stand desks are
adjustable and can be adapted to both seated and standing heights that are
comfortable for a wide range of users. Approved
are very important to ensure best practise and avoid common mistakes.
A standing desk can be easily adjusted to sitting or standing height. There
are a variety of mechanisms:
Desk Risers / Desk Converters are
simple and a low-cost solution to “Get Started” with minimum
interference to the working environment
Electric Standing Desks are the
most popular solution, easy to use and prices have come down. Electric
desks use little power and certain brands measure your sitting time and
provide PC user prompts. We suggest looking for a 5 year warranty.
Pneumatic / Counterbalance Desks
adjust by releasing and locking a lever to alter height. They require
moderate force to push down and can easily be raised upwards. For
optimum performance it is essential to firstly identify the proposed
weight loading for each desk.
Crank / Winding Handle sit-stand
desks use a cog and wheel system to elevate the desk. A more traditional
solution with mixed reports of reliability. Being slower and less
practical it has become less popular over time.
Hybrid Desks combining both
counterbalance and winding handle functionality are a recent development
and may be a popular solution although currently more expensive
Optional keyboard trays and monitor arms will add even more versatility. An
is also recommended to increase movement
for users of Standing Desks.