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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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.
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sit stand workstation that's capable of keeping your body active and your mind sharp.
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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 9, 2013 7:09:24 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
If you haven’t heard of stand up desks, adjustable office furniture is increasingly recommended by health practitioners to those who have to work at desks for prolonged periods of time. Instead of sitting for hours on end, which has been shown to contribute to a number of health issues, adjustable desks from Biomorph offer their users the flexibility of changing their work environment at the push of a button or the turn of a crank handle.
All of the desks and chairs in Biomorph’s offering were designed according to what’s best ergonomically-speaking for those who use them. The thing about office furniture, and that which makes it even more important for desks and chairs to be made adjustable, is that it’s not always the same people using a workstation. A person who is short in stature won’t have the same workstation requirements as someone who is over six feet tall, whether they wish to stand up and work or sit. With Biomorph sit to stand desks, however, people of all different shapes and sizes can comfortably work from either a sitting or standing position.
Reducing the amount of time you spend sitting, in an effort to prevent this position’s detrimental health effects, isn’t as simple as taking a few more trips to the water cooler or surfacing to quickly stretch every couple of hours. Having the option to stand up while working can and will do good things for your health while also improving your productivity. To learn more about the benefits of a stand up desk from Biomorph, call us at 888-302-DESK.
Sep 9, 2013 7:06:57 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
When you’re sitting at a desk for hours every day, you likely aren’t thinking about how your work position is affecting your posture, how that posture is affecting your productivity and what sitting in general for long periods of times is doing for your overall health.
If you were to own a sitting and standing desk, one of the top of the line adjustable desks carried by Biomorph, you would experience both the immediate and long-term benefits of working in a position that’s better suited for good health and better productivity.
When you have the option to change up your work position, say from sitting to standing, you provide your body with a much-needed break from a posture that’s unnatural and, over the long-run, exceptionally hard on your body. It’s amazing how quickly productivity can decline when a person is uncomfortable or has remained in the same position for too long. By simply adjusting the Biomorph desk to a standing position, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your productivity and your comfort.
Over the long-term, reducing the amount of time you spend sitting can and will lower your risk of a variety of diseases like diabetes and heart disease, not to mention the countless physical injuries that can result from too much time sitting at a desk.
Do something positive for your work environment. Improve your posture with a sitting and standing desk from Biomorph and enjoy the benefits for years to come! Call us at 888-302-DESK for more information on our line of products.
Use a Laptop? An Ergonomic Laptop Stand Could be Exactly What You Need to Optimize Comfort & ProductivitySep 9, 2013 6:45:52 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
If you’re a laptop user, you know how convenient it can be to take your computer with you, or to have an uncluttered workspace that doesn’t include the various components of a desktop computer, like a separate monitor, tower, keyboard and mouse. The downside of using a laptop, however, is that their design doesn’t typically allow for the most comfortable, let alone ergonomic, working posture. Having to look down at a monitor and being restricted to small keyboards can take its toll physically, especially if you use your laptop for long periods of time.
The solution to your uncomfortable and unhealthy workspace? An ergonomic laptop stand or desk from Biomorph.
When you choose an ergonomic stand or desk from the Biomorph selection, you have the ability to minimize the negative effects of the laptop’s design downfalls by adjusting your desk to the perfect height. What’s more is that Biomorph desks can also be adjusted to allow their users to stand while working, giving a laptop user even more ways to customize their workspace for ultimate comfort. If you’re looking for a durable, high-quality desk on which to use your laptop at home or work, look no further than the selection of compact Biomorph desks, such as the XO2 series, the Level series, or the Flexo series.
If you use a laptop, you owe it to yourself to invest in a quality ergonomic workstation that will maximize comfort and productivity whether you’re filing taxes, sorting family photos, or completing projects for work, after hours.
Call 888-302-DESK for more information on any of our products. Choosing a Biomorph desk or chair is always a smart investment.
Sep 9, 2013 6:42:11 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
With all the studies showing the dangers of sitting for long periods of time, day after day, those who sit at desks but are fit have likely taken some solace in thinking that because they’re not overweight they won’t have the same level of risk as less-fit desk users. It’s scary, but those same studies have shown that you can’t reverse the negative effects of sitting for hours each day by hitting the gym after work.
The only solution is to improve your work environment, specifically by choosing an adjustable desk that allows you the option of working while you stand. Biomorph carries the full range of desks that makes it possible for anyone and everyone to improve their comfort, productivity and overall health, whether they require an adjustable laptop desk stand for their home office or a large multimedia work station for their studio.
Sitting is the Culprit
So if you can’t reverse the damage you do to your body and your overall health when you sit all day by exercising regularly, the only solution is to change the way you work. Even if you were to add an adjustable desk, either for your laptop at home or your multi-monitored workstation at the office, and were able to stand for a portion of the day, reducing the amount of time you spend sitting, you would notice a significant improvement in the way you feel, physically and even mentally.
Eating properly and exercising regularly are vital for good health, but don’t underestimate the importance of an adjustable desk or work station. Choose to stand and take a step in the right direction for your overall health and wellbeing.
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