Sep 17, 2015 2:00:59 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Recent medical research has proven that prolonged sitting can be as detrimental to an adult’s health as smoking. It's been found that sitting for extended periods of time is a contributing factor in the development of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, a recent study at the Texas A&M Health Science Center concluded that students who used a standing desk became more attentive in class in contrast to those who merely sat. Regardless of whether you’re a student or a professional in an office setting, the benefits that standing desks can have for your productivity and health may surprise you.
The Texas A&M study examined 300 Texas schoolchildren over a 12-month period to compare behavior in classrooms between students who used standing desks and students who used regular desks. In the fall and spring, researchers designated an engagement figure for each student, which was calculated by finding an average for their number of on-task as well as off-task behaviors, during each classroom session. The study found that overweight students in particular benefited from standing desks. They were more focused during classroom sessions and burned up to 15 percent more calories during a single school week. Despite these results, most students lack access to standing workstations.
Cost serves as a primary barrier as standing desks can require a $500 investment for a single desk. Moreover, traditional desks and chairs in schools were actually designed more for the janitors benefit. They were designed so that janitors could stack them seamlessly, not for optimizing student performance.
Researchers believe that this is a potentially huge failing for the educational system, which will have repercussions down the line both in terms of academic achievement and the overall health of students. On the other hand, the benefits of standing workstations can translate beyond schools and into corporate work environments, as well. This is an environment where similar emphasis has been placed on control and maintenance instead of optimizing performance and the health of workers.
Given the findings of the Texas A&M study and the potential practical benefits of using standing desks in schools and work environments, experts believe that more studies will be done on the subject over time.
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Sep 3, 2015 2:04:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
If you're someone who spends a great deal of time working at a computer, you may be feeling a bit anxious about the effects that this is having on your health and overall productivity. Many workers who spend a lot of time at a computer experience health complications related to their necks, shoulders, wrists and/or backs. To alleviate some of these health risks and simultaneously improve your efficiency, you should consider an ergonomic desk that adjusts to your body type and work style.
With a sit/stand workstation, you have greater control over your posture and how much time you spend standing or sitting. It’s imperative to invest in a desk that is the appropriate height so that you can be both comfortable and productive in your work space. In fact, most standard fixed desks in the contemporary marketplace still remain in the standard 28-30” range, which is suited more for the handwriting and paperwork tasks of the past.
Yet, even when computers were integrated into the modern work space, desk height remained the same, despite the fact that it should have changed in terms of ergonomics. The purpose of ergonomics, after all, is to achieve the most comfortable and productive position for workers' bodies, as this reduces the stress and strain inflicted on the muscles and joints.
Height adjustable desks provide companies and their workforces with flexibility, as the desks can be adjusted to meet the needs of a variety of team members. A standard desk can only work for people meeting a certain height requirement, whereas an adjustable office desk can be altered to meet the needs of workers of all sizes.
Yet another weakness of some standard desks is that the chair needed for sitting requires a foot ring, which is often uncomfortable for people to use. This is because there's only one position for the legs on the ring. These foot rings, in addition, often sit too low and lack the necessary width, which forces users to place excess pressure on their backs and necks. On the other hand, an adjustable office desk provides workers with the support and flexibility they need to excel in their roles while helping to protect their overall health.
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Jul 7, 2015 8:47:00 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Few people who work at desks all day haven't heard that their seated posture is killing them.
May seem like an exaggeration, but the truth is that without a standing desk and ergonomic chairs that promote healthy work postures, you are, in fact, negatively affecting your overall health. And, while most people are aware of the fact that sitting isn't good for them, few know how poor posture actually influences their health.
When you sit in an unhealthy posture for long periods of time, blood clots can form and,
if they travel to the brain,they can cause a stroke.
Believe it or not, fluid that builds in the legs while you're sitting for long periods of time can travel up to the neck at night,
when you're lying down, and exacerbate an existing sleep apnea problem.
The Heart & Lungs
Sitting for long periods of time and not getting enough exercise are often contributing factors for heart disease.
For people who have heart attacks, fluid collects in the lungs first.
This is similar to how fluid build in the legs, after sitting for long periods of time, and then travels to the neck.
An active lifestyle that doesn't include sitting for extended periods of time can help reduce the risks of hypertension and high blood pressure. Poor posture also contributes to a variety of repetitive-stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Because the enzymes that are required to burn fat lie in blood vessels that can be shut off because of prolonged sitting, there's a higher risk of obesity. Colon cancer is another serious repercussion of a sedentary lifestyle.
When you sit for long periods of time, fluid builds in the legs which, as I've noted above, can travel to other parts of the body and cause serious problems.
As you can see, spending a great deal of time sitting does, in fact, have a negative effect on the whole body. Incorporating more movement in your day, via a standing desk, and maintaining the best possible posture when you are seated, via ergonomic chairs, is the absolute best way to prevent these potentially serious health issues.
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Jun 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
You may already be feeling the general aches and pains of working at a computer all day, but it's important to take steps to avoid the potentially serious physical injuries that are so commonly related to poor posture and desk use. Unless you're using an adjustable desk and have sourced the best ergonomic chair for your physical and occupational needs, there's a good chance you're lacking in the good posture department.
You may start out sitting up straight, with feet firmly planted on the floor, arms bent at the elbows and resting comfortably at your sides, but as you get caught up in what you're working on, it's easy to forget about posture and, before you know it, you're slouched over your computer keyboard and your muscles, joints and productivity pay the price.
These are some of the most common posture related injuries sustained by computer users, like yourself:
Hand & Arm Repetitive Stress Injuries
Using the same muscles and tendons in your hands, arms and elbows, day in day out, can certainly take its toll. Add poor posture to repeatedly using those same parts of the body and you can wind up with stiffness, aching and even numbness. Here are some ways to alleviate the stress put on your hands and arms while working at a computer:
- don't pound on the keyboard but type as lightly as you can
- try to avoid long stretches of typing to give your hands and arms a break
- keep your computer mouse at the same height as your keyboard (and make sure your keyboard is in the best possible position for good posture)
- move the mouse using your whole arm, not just your wrist
Shoulder, Back & Neck Pain/Injury
Combine sitting for long periods of time with a less-than-ideal workstation and bad posture and you're setting yourself up for neck, back and shoulder strain. With poor posture comes poor circulation, which can cause muscles, joints and tendons to become stiff and sore.
Above all else, working at an adjustable desk with the best ergonomic chair for the task at hand is the way to minimize stress on these parts of the body. Add regular movement and stretching to a workstation that's designed to promote good posture and you will be well on your way to a healthy, more productive way of working.
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May 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
In addition to an adjustable desk, choosing to buy an ergonomic office chair is one of the best decisions you can make for your health and productivity, if you're one of the many people around the world who work at a desk for several hours each day. Knowing how to choose between the ergonomic desk chairs that are available, however, may be a little less obvious. Today's post will provide some helpful pointers that are meant to simplify your search.
Why It's Important to Find the Right Ergonomic Office Chair
When you sit for extended periods of time in the wrong chair, it doesn't take long for small aches and stiffness to evolve into more serious and even permanent injuries. People who sit in poorly designed chairs instead of quality ergonomic desk chairs are more susceptible to circulation problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and the list goes on. Taking the time to find the best ergonomic chair for your specific work needs will pay off in more ways than one both now and in the future.
What to Look for in a Desk Chair
Above all else, you want a chair that allows you to adjust its various parts or components. The more you're able to customize your chair to suit your size and shape, the more comfortable and productive the workspace.
The Height of the Seat: You need to be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor, with your legs bent at a 90̊ angle at the knees.
The Depth of the Seat: When a chair is too deep, it can restrict circulation in your legs. Ideally, you want to be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front edge of the seat. Some ergonomic desk chairs will allow you to adjust the seat depth by moving the backrest forward or backward.
Back Support: Back support, and specifically lumbar support, is crucial in a quality desk chair. You should look for a chair with a lumbar support that can be made to fit snuggly into the curve of your back, reducing the opportunity for you to slump forward in your seat.
Adjustable Recline: Look for a chair that will allow you to adjust the recline on the backrest so that you can shift your weight in the seat for optimal comfort.
Armrests that Move: It's important that you be able to move the armrests up or down so that no matter the height of your work surface, your arms can be kept at a 90̊ angle and the palms of your hands can rest on the work surface.
Of course, an ergonomic chair that's paired with a poorly designed desk or table will limit the effectiveness of your workstation. For the best possible work set-up, a carefully selected ergonomic chair paired with an adjustable desk is the way to go.
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May 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
There's a great deal of well-supported research demonstrating how health and work productivity dramatically improve when people spend less time sitting in chairs. Standing desks, like those in our line of premium, ergonomic office furniture, allow users to adjust their workstations, thereby reducing the number of hours they spend seated each day. But the key to better health and improved efficiency isn't just about standing while you work - it's about moving.
You're probably thinking that it would be nearly impossible for you to incorporate more movement into your day if you work at a computer and are expected to get anything done. In actuality, however, there are several clever ways you can not only limit the amount of time you spend sitting by converting your adjustable office desk to the standing position, but also increase the amount of moving you do, while you work.
Schedule Time with Your Adjustable Office Desk
Even those with an adjustable office desk can lose track of time and forget to adjust their desk and change their position. By simply scheduling time to stand, you can incorporate more movement into your day. Some people set alarms on their smart phones or use other helpful devices like the Wellness Switch, which reminds you when to stand and tracks the number of minutes you spend standing. This switch will even tell you how many calories you burned at the end of each day.
Move When You Stand to Work
Instead of just standing still while using your adjustable office desk (which can be just as uncomfortable as sitting for long periods of time), take the opportunity to stretch and move your legs. Knee bends, shifting your weight back and forth, swaying and even rolling your shoulders are all good ways to incorporate a little more movement while you work.
Pair Standing Desks with 'Active' Seats
Believe it or not, there are actually chairs and stools available that allow you to easily maintain movement and optimal posture while you sit at your desk. The Saddle Stool from Humanscale, for instance, keeps muscles engaged and active while you're seated. Moving from side to side at your workstation also helps to maintain circulation in your legs and keeps you alert.
If you're ready to reduce the health risks associated with the way you work and are looking to step up your productivity, start adding more movement to your work day. To begin, equip your workspace with an adjustable office desk that gets you up out of your seat and working from a more comfortable and healthful position. For information on what you'll need for a more active way to work, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.
Apr 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
While many people are aware of the dangers of sitting for long periods of time or that poor work posture can lead to injuries, there are still a large number who are failing to use their office workstation furniture correctly or whose furniture is poorly coordinated. It's not enough to simply purchase ergonomic desk chairs or adjustable desks for your staff and to expect a dramatic improvement in work productivity and a decrease in the number of repetitive stress injuries. For optimal health and productivity, all of the various components of a workstation must be used as they were intended, synchronized, and working together to provide the best possible fit.
Coordinate Your Workstation
To begin, quality ergonomic desk chairs and workstations are a must if you wish to reduce the risk of negative health effects and poor productivity. In particular, studies have shown that reducing the amount of time you spend sitting each day is of particular importance and that an adjustable, sit-stand desk can dramatically improve comfort and efficiency on all fronts.
Now the key is to use your office workstation furniture as it was intended:
A Few Points About Posture:
- Your upper arms should be parallel to your spine, elbows at a 90̊ angle and hands should be able to rest comfortably on the top of your workstation. Adjust the chair's armrests to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
- Minimize reaching by sitting as close to your desk as possible
- Legs should be bent at a 90̊ angle, as well
- Shift your body to the back of the chair, as sitting on the chair's edge will lead to slouching
The Height and Depth of Ergonomic Desk Chairs:
- To minimize swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, adjust your chair so that your feet can be firmly planted on the ground. If this isn't possible, use a stool to bring feet and legs into the proper position - avoid leaving legs and feet to hang.
- For good circulation, you should be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front of the seat's edge. If you can't, it's likely that your desk chair is too deep.
Computer Monitor Height:
- When looking straight ahead, your eyes should focus on the center of your computer screen. A dual-surfaced desk that allows you to adjust the height of your monitor(s) is ideal. If your desk isn't equipped with this feature, however, consider using a monitor arm that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the height of your screen.
This is really just the beginning in terms of how your office workstation furniture can be put to work to ensure the best possible fit for people of all shapes and sizes. Of course, the quality and design of your office furniture will play a large role in determining its effectiveness, but knowing how to select and use your furniture for optimal health and productivity is also of the utmost importance.
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Sep 28, 2013 12:04:49 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
If you sit at your job for a living, then you may have already heard about how prolonged sitting can negatively impact your health. In order to battle the problems that are caused by sitting from six to eight hours a day, which can include diabetes, obesity, and even muscle atrophy, there are several quick and easy exercises that you can do right at your desk to reduce the risk of chronic illness that can shorten your life. These exercises, coupled with using sit and stand desks, can greatly reduce the chances of sitting-related diseases.
The Magic Carpet Ride
To strengthen your arms and reduce belly fat, pull your legs and feet up onto your chair and cross your legs. Then, using only the muscles in your arms, push yourself out of the chair slowly while you pull in your stomach muscles. This will work your abs and strengthen your arms at the same time. Hold the position for as long as you can, or up to twenty seconds. Make sure that your chair is stable before you attempt this exercise. If you are using sit and stand desks at your workstation and have been sitting for more than an hour, take a break and do the exercise.
The Tricep Desk Dip
This exercise works best with a solid table and isn’t recommended for use with sit and stand desks. Sit on the table or desk with your feet on the floor and your hands braced on the desk on either side of your body. Slowly move your buttocks off the desk and bend at the knees while you keep your feet together. Repeat the bend up to twenty times, and this will strengthen your arms, particularly where muscle tends to weaken. Make sure that your feet are on a secure surface where they won't slip.
Simple Shoulder Spin
While sit and stand desks is the best way to ensure that you stay healthy at work, the shoulder spin can maintain and even increase flexibility. While you sit up straight in your chair, reach your left hand behind your back with your palm facing outward. With your right hand, reach down and try and touch your left hand. If you can, touch and hold for up to twenty seconds and then switch hands. This exercise may take some practice, but it can help you to increase the flexibility in your shoulder and arm muscles.
Biomorph Furniture Solutions
While all of these exercises can benefit you at your sit down job, sit and stand desks are the best way to avoid the medical issues that can come from prolonged sitting. For the best in ergonomic furniture, including chairs and sit and stand desks, check out our range of products online or give us a call today at 888-302-DESK. Browse our selection 24/7 and talk to one of our expert customer service agents today to discover how Biomorph can help you work in a day-to-day environment that will keep you healthy, happy, and productive.
Sep 27, 2013 11:53:27 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
If you hit the gym before work every day, that morning workout may not be doing as much for you as you think. According to a recent New York Times article, sitting at a desk for more than six hours a day can actually put you at a greater risk for a number of diseases that can drastically shorten your life, such as diabetes and heart disease. Recently, more and more people have been turning to ergonomic solutions, such as the stand-up desk, to reduce this risk.
Why Exercise Has Little Impact
Many people who sit at their jobs probably don't think about the damage that it does to their bodies, particularly if they are otherwise active. However, recent studies show that sitting for long periods of time, particularly at a desk, negates any type of exercise done during the day. This means that if you work out for an hour in the morning, it is not going to benefit your body in the same way if you sit the rest of the day. One way that many people are trying to battle this problem is by using a stand-up desk, which greatly reduces the time spent sitting on the job.
There are other factors that also have a canceling-out effect on any kind of exercise you might do during the day when you sit for a living. Whether you sit at a desk in an office instead of using a stand-up desk, work from home and have an ill-fitting chair, or even if you sit on the couch for hours at a time after work, there are other habits associated with sitting that have a poor effect on your overall health. The biggest factor is poor diet because in many cases, people who have desk jobs don't eat right when it comes to breakfast and lunch. They often eat meals on the go, snack more, and eat more fast food. Some people even eat sitting at their desks, and if they eat fatty fast food every day, that 20 minute walk they took that morning isn't going to have any kind of positive affect on their bodies. Another factor that can have a negative impact is sitting posture. Many people do not sit at their desks correctly, which leads to back pain, numbness in the extremities, and other skeletal and joint problems. Buying a stand-up desk can alleviate some of these factors and discourage you from getting too used to sitting at your job all day.
The Biomorph Solution
If you would like to make a healthier choice when it comes to ergonomics, then call Biomorph today at 888-302-DESK to order a stand-up desk, ergonomic tables, and other high-quality furniture that can improve both your health and quality of life. Your job shouldn't have to endanger your health, and we can help you discover ergonomic solutions that will have a positive impact on your daily life, no matter how you make a living.
Sep 26, 2013 12:57:40 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Even if you already know that practicing ergonomics at work can help to improve your posture while you're sitting at your desk, studies that were released last year show that prolonged sitting can cause a variety of problems that may shorten your life much in the same way that the toxins in cigarette smoke take years off a smoker's life. These studies showed that people who sat for six to eight hours a day or more at their job at a continuous pace developed a number of health problems, gained a great deal of weight, and some of them even developed deadly illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. These reports have prompted many companies to offer their employees a standing desk, which can battle the negative effects of excessive sitting.
How Sitting Causes Poor Oxygen Intake
Just as cigarette smoke constricts the blood vessels and causes poor oxygenation of the blood cells, sitting at a computer desk all day can impede air flow to the lungs. When you slump forward in your chair to peer at your computer screen, you're cramping your lungs and restricting normal breathing. This can lead to several problems that reach far beyond bad posture and a sore back: a restricted air flow can cause feelings of lethargy, a lack of focus, and even painful daily headaches. Working at a standing desk for part of the day will not only allow you to be more mobile and improve blood flow to the body, but you will breathe easier as well, especially when you stand up straight.
Finding a Healthy Balance
While working at a standing desk can help to improve your oxygen intake, standing all day can be hard on your feet and legs, particularly if you're older. Desks like these allow you to do some of your working standing up, but they can also be adjusted easily so that you may sit some of the time, keeping you at your optimum health. A standing desk isn't a single solution to the problems that can be caused by sitting hunched over a computer desk all day, but rather part of an office furniture rotation that can be used to improve your daily health. Sitting, standing, and walking should all be a part of your office regimen, as well as quick and easy stretches that you can do at your desk. The more you can improve your oxygen and blood flow, the healthier you will be.
Biomorph: Part of a Healthy Workplace
For ergonomic solutions at your workplace, call us at 888-302-DESK or visit our New York City showroom at 11 Broadway to browse our quality selection of office furniture such as chairs, desks, lighting, and even ergonomic storage solutions for your small or large office. We can help you find a standing desk that's the perfect fit for you and your work space, even if you have never owned an ergonomic piece of furniture before. Your job shouldn't have to be detrimental to your health, and we can help you with solutions that are both affordable and effective, no matter your occupation.