Aug 20, 2015 2:00:51 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Ergonomics has become a hot-button topic over the last few decades, and that means it has also been open to a lot of myths. People are oftentimes loathe to accept change and the use of office ergonomics is one change that some people have yet to accept, despite the research that suggests its importance.
One rumor or myth about ergonomics is that its study only deals with preventing major injuries not caused by normal office work. But the truth is that the standard proceeding of any desk job can lead to long term health problems and excessive sitting has become a major health concern in the United States.
While working, your posture should be added to your list of concerns, and doctors advise that you sit as close to your desk as possible while typing or doing other activities. You should also sit with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. This promotes a healthy posture that significantly improves circulation to your whole body. You should make sure that you have proper back support, as well, and a chair with ample lumbar support is key. The use of adjustable standing desks is also recommended, which can help with circulation in the legs, improve mood, reduce your risk of a whole host of diseases and promote greater work productivity.
Another circulating myth is that ergonomics are only a concern in the office environment. What studies have shown, however, is that the poorer the average person’s posture is at work, the worse it is at home. You probably relax much more when you’re sprawled out in your living room and generally ignoring your posture, but your posture should be one of your primary concerns even when you're relaxing in front of the television. The truth is this is an issue that exists outside of the work place, as well.
One solution that's considered to be a wise investment for overall long-term health is purchasing office or computer furniture that is ergonomically tested to promote a healthy and active working environment. A lot of office managers and owners are turned off by the option, because there's a myth that ergonomic furniture is expensive, but investing in quality ergonomic furniture for your staff can improve productivity and reduce the amount of time and money that's lost to workers' poor posture related injuries. An adjustable desk, for example, encourages workers to stand up and work at their computers for as much of the day as possible. In the long-run, quality computer furniture will save your business money.
Now that you know the truth about ergonomics, take a minute to browse the selection of standing desks and ergonomic chairs in the Biomorph collection.
Aug 6, 2015 10:14:57 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Even if you think that the desk chair in your office is quite comfortable, sitting for long periods of time could still be causing permanent damage to your back, shoulders, and other parts of your body. Most people think that sitting in a desk chair is the most comfortable way to work, but in fact, it can be painfully uncomfortable due to ergonomic issues. Sitting too much during the work day is currently considered one of the greatest health issues in the United States because of the number of people it affects and the degree to which it can influence ones health.
What does this mean? The way you work should be reconsidered: with minor adjustments you may be able to sit comfortably all day long, avoid painful diseases, such as arthritis, and improve your mood.
If You Must Sit...
First of all, try to stand up at work as much as possible, whether that means standing at an adjustable desk or walking to the break room. Whenever you're seated, make sure that you're doing so in an ergonomic computer chair.
It's also important that, whether standing or sitting, you make sure you are maintaining a healthy posture. When sitting, you should sit as close as possible to the desk with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. Your hands should be resting on the work surface comfortably. You should be able to adjust your desk higher or lower until your elbows achieve an optimal 90 degrees. Your knees should also be bent at a 90 degree angle, despite the short term comfort of kicking up your heels. You should practice maintaining this posture for as long as possible, and stand up to stretch when you find yourself getting uncomfortable.
Standing is Best
It is strongly recommended that you also have an adjustable work desk, which allows you to stand up and work for at least part of the day. This allows you to not only develop a keen awareness of your posture, but there are also studies that suggest workers achieve greater efficiency when they are standing up.
Standing up also prevents ankle swelling, something that even otherwise healthy people can suffer from when they sit for long periods of time. Swelling can occur simply from sitting in a chair that is higher than optimal, and that’s why an adjustable standing desk is an attractive option. Of course, when paired with one of the best ergonomic office chairs on the market, it's an even more effective work set-up.
Shopping for new office furniture? Check out the selection of premium adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs here, at Biomorph.
Jul 16, 2015 8:49:19 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
When choosing the computer workstation furniture for their offices, not enough employers consider how their employees' posture will affect the business' bottom-line. Instead, too many business owners only think about how the furniture they buy will influence their bottom-line and, thus, look for furniture with the lowest price tags possible.
But, if more employers took the time to consider how sitting for extended periods of time kills employees' work productivity and negatively affects moods, they would realize that investing in standing desks and ergonomic chairs is a totally worthwhile business decision.
Sitting Drains Energy & Affects Productivity
A study conducted in support of the Take-a-Stand Project showed that workers feel more energetic and productive when they're not sitting at a desk all day. Poor posture can make you feel uncomfortable and sluggish, which means you will spend more time fidgeting in your chair or trying to focus than you will actually working on the task at hand. If you want to avoid that afternoon slump where everyone's productivity tanks, provide your staff with standing desks that allow them to easily change their position throughout the day.
Less Sitting Promotes a Happier Workplace
In a study out of the University of Tasmania, on the psychological impacts of sitting all day, researchers found that workplaces where employees didn't sit for longer than three hours each day had lower rates of anxiety and depression. It goes without saying that both of these bi-products of prolonged sitting can and do affect work productivity and can lead to greater numbers of sick days, too. If this is the case and all that's needed to create a happier, healthier workplace is a change in computer workstation furniture, it seems like switching to standing desks should be a fairly obvious business decision.
If you're ready to improve productivity levels and the overall mood at your workplace, take a minute to browse the selection of Biomorph standing desks. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about a particular product.
Jun 4, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
For many of us, working at a computer for several hours each day is a job requirement that's not about to change any time soon. The problem, however, with sitting for long periods of time at work and then adding to our daily sit count when we commute and watch TV in the evenings is that it takes a toll on our health.
Perhaps you've already experienced some of the negative effects of sitting, such as aches and pains in various parts of your body. Or, maybe statements made by medical researchers that include sitting is just as bad for your health as smoking are enough to have you looking for some ways to make your work habits a little healthier.
Today's post includes some healthy work habits that can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and that will not only help to minimize the effects of long-term sitting
but also improve productivity!
Re-evaluate Your Workstation
Many people would think it's a stretch to say that their computer furniture is killing them, but research shows sitting at a desk puts
people at a higher risk for a whole host of health problems, while poor posture takes its toll on your body and reduces work productivity. By simply switching to a sit stand workstation, where your desk can be easily adjusted to allow you to stand while you work for at least some of the day, you can dramatically reduce your risk and improve productivity.
Standing keeps your muscles active and your mind alert while also helping with circulation.
Break from Sitting, Wherever & Whenever Possible
Even if you own a sit stand workstation and are actively incorporating more standing time into your day, it's important for you to take regular breaks and to make a point of moving your body. Instead of emailing your co-worker whose office is down the hall, get up and walk to ask them a question.
Take a few minutes to stretch out your legs, arms, neck and shoulders. Eat lunch in a place other than your desk, and if possible, get outside whenever you can.
Watch What You Eat & Drink
Throughout the work day, drink plenty of water and avoid the sugary beverages that are full of empty calories and will only send you into an afternoon slump.
Keep healthy snacks on hand, as it's easy to overeat while you're focused on something other than what you're putting in your mouth.
Add Exercise to Your Day
While adopting movement-friendly computer furniture and moving more throughout the day will help reduce your risk of injury and other health issues, getting regular exercise is also a great way to improve your productivity.
Start your day with a brisk walk or run, attend a fitness class or head to the gym.
It's time to do something positive for your health and your work productivity! Upgrade your computer furniture to a sit stand workstation that's capable of keeping your body active and your mind sharp.
Browse the selection of premium computer furniture from Biomorph now.
Sep 26, 2013 1:05:34 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
As technology increases, so do jobs that require long periods of sitting, typing, and gazing at computer screens. If you sit more than six hours at your job on a daily basis, you may be doing much more damage to your body than you realize, particularly to your muscles. Even if you sit at an ergonomic computer desk, sitting for long periods can damage the muscles in your hips, legs, and even your arms. Throughout the day, if you sit without frequent breaks, fail to stretch, or do other movements that have a positive affect on your body, working out before or after work likely won’t be enough to reverse the muscle break down or atrophy.
How Muscle Damage Occurs
Working at an ergonomic computer desk is a step in the right direction as far as avoiding sitting-related illness, but you still need to move around during the day to prevent long-term damage to a number of muscle groups. The major cause of this is gravity, which pulls down on your body as you sit and puts pressure on muscles in your hips and legs. Since the human body wasn't meant to be locked in a sitting position for hours on end, you may notice that daily aches and pains are growing worse the longer you sit. While an ergonomic computer desk can help alleviate some of these aches, you should take these pains as a warning that you're not taking enough breaks from sitting, and need to strongly consider switching to an adjustable standing desk.
Muscle Atrophy and Sitting
Even when you sit at an ergonomic computer desk, your muscles remain slack and are constantly being subjected to the pressure of the weight of your own body bearing down on them. This is especially true of the muscles in your torso, belly, and upper legs. The more weight they are subjected to, the more damage that is done. Additionally, when you sit for long periods of time, the less blood blow there is for the hips and legs. This can lead to muscle atrophy, numbness, and pain that may eventually be permanent. An ergonomic computer desk can help you to sit more correctly and improve your blood flow, but your muscles will suffer from atrophy the longer you sit. The only solution is an adjustable standing desk and more frequent breaks. When muscles become flabby, they can suffer damage more easily than if they were toned.
Biomorph: a Better Way to Work
When you log onto www.biomorphdesk.com to view an ergonomic computer desk, a sit and stand desk, or another of our quality products, you are on your way to a healthier overall working environment. You can shop on our site any time of the day or night, and our knowledgeable staff is always on hand. You can even chat live with them when you log on so that you can ask them any questions you may have concerning our line of ergonomic products. Whether you choose a new chair or an ergonomic computer desk that easily adjusts for a standing position, keep in mind that taking frequent breaks from sitting and doing a number of helpful exercises during those breaks will keep your muscles toned and healthy.
Sep 9, 2013 6:17:27 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Because no two people nor any two offices are the same, the line of products offered by Biomorph make it possible to find the perfect computer desk for every situation, office, user and/or purpose. Whether you require a small corner computer desk for your home office or a large desk with room enough to accommodate several monitors in your multimedia studio, we’ve got a desk solution for every need.
What’s great about the ergonomic desks from Biomorph is that whether you’re small in stature or 6’5, our desks can be adjusted to provide you with the perfect fit for working comfortably and efficiently. These adjustable desks are the perfect solution for the small business owner too, because they can be made to fit a variety of users quickly and easily, with the push of a button or the turn of a crank handle.
Then, when you need a computer desk for your small corner office, your large patient waiting room or your multi-purpose studio space, Biomorph’s computer and office furniture can be purchased in a variety of sizes, all of which are up-to-date with the latest style trends. Not only is our furniture functional and beneficial for your health, but it’s stylish too!
Check out our selection of desks online and choose the desk that’s right for your needs. While the XO2 or Level Series might be perfect for a small home office or PACS reading station, you may find that the large, Maxo or Personal Series are just right for your design or multimedia studio.
Call us at 1-888-302-DESK for more information on choosing the desk that’s right for you.
Sep 9, 2013 6:13:57 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
It’s hard to imagine something as simple as a computer desk saving your life, but as more and more studies demonstrate that sitting for extended periods of time at desks can lead to a whole host of health problems, it’s time people gave more thought to their home office computer desks, as well as those they use at their workplaces.
Oftentimes, people’s excuses for buying whatever is cheap or on sale for their home computer desks is that they don’t spend nearly as much time in their home office as they do at their place of employment. While it’s true that any person who sits at a desk for long periods of time at the office should, without a doubt, upgrade their furniture to that which is ergonomic and adjustable, it’s just as important that their home office furniture be the best-suited for their body size and build but also able to adjust to allow for a standing position.
Having an adjustable computer desk at home will not only allow for every member of your family to work comfortably but to also change their position from sitting to standing, because chances are most people greatly underestimate the number of hours each week they sit at their home office computer desks.
Be proactive about your health and don’t let too much time sitting at a desk that’s ill-suited for your shape increase your risk of some potentially serious health problems. Call Biomorph at 888-302-DESK for more information on our full range of ergonomic furniture.
Sep 9, 2013 6:01:53 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Most home offices are either small in size or are multi-purpose rooms that regularly have a variety of different furniture and people squeezed into the space, at one time. There are a whole host of things for which people use the computer desk in their home, but the one thing that every home office has in common is the need for functional, comfortable office furniture that maximizes space.
When it comes to offices at home, corner computer desks provide a space-saving solution. When they’re tucked neatly in the corner of your home office, a corner computer desk provides a practical surface on which to work while also minimizing the amount of wasted space. When you choose a corner desk like that from Biomorph’s Plus Series, you can further maximize your use of the space with a desk that has two levels, one on which to keep your computer monitor and the other for typing and/or writing.
One of the biggest misconceptions about the home office is that any quality of furniture will suffice. Cheap, poorly designed desks, however, wear out long before they should and don’t provide their users with comfortable or functional work spaces. With Biomorph’s corner computer desks, your entire family can work comfortably on a work surface that was designed to maximize productivity, provide you with the best-possible fit and look great too. When you buy a Biomorph desk, you make a long-term investment that benefits your health and the work you do.
Call us at 1-888-302-DESK for help finding the perfect desk for your home or workplace office.
Sep 9, 2013 5:58:58 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
While it’s true that any computer desk offered by Biomorph will make a great a workstation for your home or office, a corner desk could be just the space-saving solution you’ve been searching for. When you choose to place a desk in the corner of your home or workplace office, you maximize the use of your space without compromising the size of the work surface.
While a corner computer desk for home or work can be found at virtually any big box office furniture store, there’s a significant difference in the quality and the level of function that’s possible with a corner desk from Biomorph. While chain stores only offer a few different types of corner computer desks, many of the desks offered at Biomorph are available in corner styles. This means that whether you plan to use your corner desk in your tiny home office or require a large desk with enough space to work while also accommodating multiple computer monitors, you can find exactly what you’re looking for at our NYC showroom.
While having options in terms of style and size are important when buying a corner desk, the fact that Biomorph desks are completely adjustable and even convert to allow their users to work from a standing position is what separates Biomorph corner desks from the rest.
If you’re in the market for a desk that will be a welcomed addition to your home or workplace office, visit our NYC showroom to see and experience the full potential of the incredible lines of office furniture offered at Biomorph.
Sep 9, 2013 5:48:32 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Unlike those used in office buildings or other workplaces, people often give little thought to comfort or practicality when purchasing computer desks for home. Why spend the money on home office furniture like computer desks when you may not be using your home office for hours on end, like you would your desk at work?
In actuality, your home office may be used a lot more than you think by the various members of your family. Your kids may use this area to do their home work while you may use it for completing work projects and assignments after hours, for personal purposes like emailing, uploading and organizing pictures, for visiting social media sites, or managing household finances, etc. The truth is, the furniture you use in your office at home should possess all of the characteristics of the computer desks or workstations you use at your office or place of employment. That is, of course, if you wish to reduce your risk of injury and other health issues that are caused by prolonged sitting.
By investing the money and opting for a Biomorph computer desk, you will not only have the freedom to easily adjust your workstation to accommodate different members of your family, but you will also be assured a high quality, durable piece of furniture that was built to last.
Stop and think of all of the things you or members of your family do at the desk in your home. Now take a look at the selection of adjustable desks available at Biomorph. Call us at 888-302-DESK to learn more.