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  • Ergonomics Myths

    Aug 20, 2015 2:00:51 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    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.

     

    Common Myths:

    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.

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  • Sluggish, Unhappy Employees Aren't Good For Any Business' Bottom-line

    Jul 16, 2015 8:49:19 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

     


     

    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.

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  • Adopt Healthy Habits for Working at a Desk

    Jun 4, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

     

     


    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.

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  • Shopping for New Office Workstation Furniture? Consider This

    Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    It's in the best interest of every employer to equip their staff with comfortable office workstation furniture. Poorly designed and constructed desks and chairs create uncomfortable working environments and often lead to higher rates of repetitive stress injury and lower work productivity. If your staff can't work comfortably, their health and your bottom line suffer!

    So, if you're looking to revitalize your office's working environment with new furniture, there are some things you should keep in mind. Doing so will ensure that the ergonomic desk chairs and workstations you purchase will provide you with the best possible return on your investment.

     How Will the Furniture be Used? 

    For starters, you need to choose office workstation furniture and/or ergonomic desk chairs that are the right fit for the tasks being performed. Will the people using the workstations and chairs be working on computers and doing a great deal of typing? Will they be doing other work at their desks, as well, such as hand writing notes? Or, will the furniture be part of a specialized workstation, such as in the health care field?

     The Size & Shape of Your Work Environment

     People often start shopping for ergonomic desk chairs and desks or tables without giving any thought to how the furniture will fit in their work space. Before selecting furniture, be sure to measure the size of  your space and to consider the layout of the new and existing furniture. You will also want to take into account the type of equipment that's used at each workstation and the type and location of light sources.

    What Office Workstation Furniture Will You Need?

    Some considerations:

    • Ergonomic desk chairs that allow users to adjust armrests and chair height for optimal comfort
    • Adjustable desks and sit-stand desks, in particular
    • Monitor arms that allow users to adjust the height and angle of the screens, unless you purchase desks with dual surfaces
    • Footrests
    • Adjustable lighting

    Cost Counts

    As with most things in life, the amount of money you spend on the furniture for your workplace will undoubtedly determine your satisfaction. Inexpensive furniture, for instance, is often poorly designed and constructed from inferior materials, which leads to a less comfortable fit, fewer options for adjustability and a shorter lifespan. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of your investment; will paying slightly more in the short-term lead to greater satisfaction in the long-run?

    For information on the range of premium adjustable office furniture available from Biomorph, please get in touch with us: (888) 302-DESK.

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  • Coordinate Your Office Workstation Furniture for Optimal Health & Productivity

    Apr 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    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.

    For help designing the workstation that's best for you or your staff, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.

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  • New York Magazine Article on Good Posture

    Jan 20, 2015 1:19:51 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    The Slouchproof Desk

    Before you hunch over one more email, heed this advice from an acupuncturist, a Feldenkrais practitioner, and six other spine czars.


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    1. “The computer screen should be about an arm’s length away and centered in front of you to avoid neck strain. This is also a good rule of thumb when you’re on your phone for avoiding so-called text neck.” 
    Alan HedgeCornell professor and director of the human factors and ergonomics teaching and research programs

     

    2. “You want to sit at your desk at the center of what we call the ‘circle of power.’ Place everything you need within easy access and comfortable reach. There’s no specific place you need to keep your phone or stapler—having something on the right or left is irrelevant—as long as it’s within that circle.” 
    —Stephen Barlow-Lawson, president of ergonomic-furniture-maker Biomorph

     

    3. “To automatically align yourself, imagine a book on your head. Your chest opens and your shoulders go back. You’ll be able to get more air.” 
    —Rachel Potasznik, certified Feldenkrais practitioner and founder of BetterBodyLab

     

    4. “Pulling in your neck to create a double chin is a good neck stretch. Do a few sets of ten. Women don’t like this one, but I tell them to do it when no one’s looking.” 
    —Kiambu Dickerson, massage therapist and head of New York Orthopedic Massage

     

     

    5. “When tension builds up in the neck, shoulders, and upper back, it blocks the flow of Chi, which is energy that encourages blood flow and organ function. I recommend that people get up every hour from their desk and walk around and do some qigong stretches—shoulder shrugs, shaking the head ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ looking gently from shoulder to shoulder. They work wonders if practiced throughout the day.” 
    Bethel SabinBrooklyn-based acupuncturist

     

    6. “The most common mistake people make in sittingis they rock back on their pelvis, which causes slumping of the low back. The lumbar spine is in flux. I suggest sitting at the end of the chair or putting a pillow behind their back to prevent this.” 
    —Rey Allen, certified Rolfer and owner of Rolfing New York

     

    7. “A simple trick to get back to a neutral body is to take a thick towel, make it as dense as possible, and place it underneath you in the chair. Push the towel a little forward, so your butt hangs off the back edge. Do this for five minutes, then take the towel away, and you’ll be surprised by how much better you feel.” 
    —Kiambu Dickerson

     

    8. “Adjust your chair so you have a right angle at your knees and your feet are flat on the floor.”  
    —Stephen Barlow-Lawson

     

    9. “Going the standing-desk route may decrease the pressure on the discs, but be careful about your shoes: Heels as well as flats can lead to pain. Sneakers are optimal—if Nikes aren’t an option at work, slip into them only while you’re at your desk.” 
    Dr. Kenneth Chapmanassistant clinical professor, NYU Langone Medical Center

     

    10. “Attach a height-adjustable keyboard to your work surface that allows you to tilt the keyboard down and away from you slightly for better wrist posture.” 
    —Alan Hedge

     

    “Yes, sitting on a balance ball is a good way to train oneself to practice good posture,but remember it’s not a magic ball. It doesn’t make it easier to have better posture but serves as a reminder that one needs to actually work harder—that is, to actively engage the core muscles—to achieve a good sitting position.” 
    —Ross Markowitz, exercise specialist at La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine, a hybrid gym and physical-therapy practice

     

    “I tell my clients to trade chairs with someone else in the office once a week. You have to constantly change up the situation.” 
    —Rey Allen

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  • Yoga Can Help to Undo the Damage Caused by Your Desk Job

    Oct 3, 2013 2:13:47 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    When you sit at a desk all day at work, you're risking a great deal more than just a stiff neck or a sore rear end. Reports that emerged in 2012 show that sitting all day can cause the development of chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and even morbid obesity. In order to combat these issues, there are a number of things that you can do, such as working at an ergonomic standing desk and practicing yoga. The movements and stretches that are performed during yoga not only promote greater flexibility, but they can also ease tension and help you to improve the flow of oxygen to the body.

    Yoga Works All Parts of the Body

    While an ergonomic standing desk will help you maintain a greater sense of movement and flexibility during your work day, practicing yoga will help you work out the kinks in your back, neck, and legs that you did pick up during those eight hours at the office. Yoga is a great solution to the problems that are often caused by prolonged sitting, and by doing a number of different positions each night after work, you can work different parts of the body that  may be affected. The arms, legs, hands, hips, and even your wrists and fingers are all involved in a variety of yoga moves, and many of them are simple to perform. You do not have to be an expert to try these moves, but you should be careful and start off slowly.

    Yoga Moves That Combat Prolonged Sitting

    While there are a number of yoga moves that you can do, there are some that are particularly good for your body if you must sit for long periods or if you don't have access to an ergonomic standing desk. Some moves, such as the mountain pose, the fish pose, and the bound angle pose can stretch the back muscles, open up airways that may become cramped from leaning forward over a desk all day, and stretch and open the hips to relieve back and sciatica pain. When you first attempt these moves, don't rush; yoga is all about relaxation and a focus on what your body is doing, not how fast you can achieve it. Some moves, such as slow neck stretches, can even be performed during the day when you take a break in your office.

    Enhancing Your Yoga with Furniture from Biomorph

    Call us today at 888-302-DESK to learn more about how an ergonomic standing desk can be part of a healthy office regimen that includes ergonomic awareness and yoga. We have a large variety of desks, chairs, and other office equipment that will contribute to a healthier work environment so that you feel energized and alert throughout your work day. Our furniture, when combined with healthy lifestyle choices such as yoga, will help you to maintain a healthy mind and body, no matter where you work or what demands you face on a daily basis.

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  • Research Shows That Sitting at a Desk All Day Can Be Deadly

    Sep 27, 2013 11:59:11 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    If you sit at a desk all day for your job, you may be alarmed to know that studies conducted last year by the University of Sydney and published via The Washington Post show that not only is sitting all day for your job detrimental to your health, but it could actually be deadly. The study showed that people under the age of 45 who sit for their jobs are 15 percent more likely to die from a number of causes, and that this number nearly triples for people over the age of 45. Many companies are becoming more aware of these alarming statistics and are turning to ergonomic furniture to help their employees remain healthy.

    Prolonged Sitting: Myth vs. Fact

    You might believe that sitting at your desk all day isn't bad for you as long as you take regular breaks and exercise every day, but the studies that were done by the University of Sydney show that doing these things didn't affect their statistics. Even those who sit at their desks and don't feel as if they're uncomfortable are still at great risk for joint pain, chronic back pain, and other ailments. Over the course of the study, nearly seven percent of office workers who were being polled died (over a course of four years,) but it is unclear what their risk factors were. Even if you're not overweight and are in good health, the older you get, the higher these risk factors are for you, even if there's nothing physically wrong with you at present. The best solution to the problem is to stop sitting so much, and ergonomic furniture can help.

    What Are the Risks?

    Over 200,000 people were polled for the University of Sydney study, and among the risks that came from prolonged sitting included conditions and illnesses that affect every part of the body. Some of these risks are tied to obesity, which can actually increase the likelihood of other health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing problems, and even neurological problems. However, the introduction of ergonomic furniture can help reduce the risk of developing these problems and contribute to longer lives. Some of this furniture includes standing desks, which allow you to work at your station without having to sit all day. When you sit less, you're healthier overall. Ergonomic furniture also comes in a wide variety of styles to suit any body type, so no matter if you're short or tall, you will be able to find a unit that fits you comfortably.

    Discover a Healthier Way to Work

    Whether you work from home or out of an office and sit all day, you can reduce your risk of premature death and a number of deadly illnesses by purchasing ergonomic furniture from Biomorphdesk.com. Call us today at 888-302-DESK, or log onto our website to shop our complete line of computer furniture 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your job shouldn't have to be the death of you, and Biomorph can help you discover a healthier way to work, each and every day.

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  • Biomorph Takes the Modern Home Office Desk to a Whole New Level

    Sep 9, 2013 7:01:37 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    When shopping for a new home office desk, most people are looking for the following; a durable desk with a great modern style that’s not only a functional work surface but also comfortable.  The only thing preventing most people from owning a modern home office desk with all these qualities and more is that they’re looking for them in all the wrong places!

    You Won’t Find Desks like these from Low-End Brands

    Whenever you buy a desk for your home office from a low-end brand, you’re forced to make sacrifices; style for quality or comfort for function. When you shop online or visit our NYC showroom, you will find everything you’re looking for in our great selection of modern, ergonomic office furniture.

    Our line of state-of-the-art desks is not only in-line with the latest style trends but all of our furniture is also fully adjustable, meaning every user, no matter their shape or size, can achieve the perfect fit. Biomorph desks are made of only the most durable materials, making them a wise long-term investment for both your home and your health. What’s more is that you will never find such high-quality office furniture from a low-end brand that can also convert to allow users to work from a standing position.

    There’s a desk for every discerning New Yorker in our line of furniture at Biomorph. Check out our selection online. Better yet, come see our ergonomic desks and chairs in person at our NYC showroom.

    Your Home Office Deserves a Desk from Biomorph

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  • The Biomorph Difference: Quality Home Office Furniture

    Sep 9, 2013 6:57:36 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson

    There’s a distinct difference between the home office desks, furniture and other products offered by Biomorph and those you would find at a chain department store. While many business owners are willing to invest money into quality furniture for their office buildings, few think twice about buying poor-quality desks or furniture for their offices at home. Here are just a few of the many reasons you can and will experience the difference when you outfit your home office with desks and other furniture from Biomorph.

    Biomorph Furniture Lasts Longer

    When you add one of our desks or chairs to your home office, you’re making an investment that will outlast many of the other products on the market today—by a long-shot! Yes, the initial price tag for Biomorph furniture might be more than others, but you will be making a long-term investment in quality home office furniture rather than many smaller investments to replace poor-quality furniture that falls apart and isn’t comfortable. All of our desks and chairs are made from only the most durable materials so that every piece is built to last. When you buy Biomorph, you buy quality.

    You Deserve to be Comfortable when Working at Home

    Record the amount of time you spend in your home office over the course of one week and you will likely be surprised to learn that you sit at and use your desk a lot more than you had originally thought. At home, what seems like small tasks done at the computer, here and there, can add up to several hours a week. If you’re spending this time sitting at a desk or in a chair that isn’t well-suited to you or other people in your family, injuries can develop over time from poor posture and your risk of several health problems increases.

    Make an investment in your health and your home by outfitting your home-based office with furniture from Biomorph. Call us at 888-302-DESK today.

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