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.
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.
Sep 26, 2013 12:44:23 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
While you probably already know about the detrimental effects that smoking can have on your health, what you may not know is that sitting for long periods without standing up or moving around can actually have an impact on your body that's just as negative. A number of reports released in 2012 show that prolonged sitting causes a number of health problems that can become chronic and even shorten your life, such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. While there is office furniture that promotes better posture and greater comfort while working, such as a corner standing desk, the more you sit at your job, the greater the risk becomes that you might develop these problems.
The Physical Effects of Sitting
Just as the toxins in cigarette smoke can shorten your life when you smoke for years on end, sitting can have a highly negative physical impact on your body as well. Few people sit correctly in their office chairs as it is, which can cause back and hip pain, nerve problems in the legs, and even numbness in the feet. However, prolonged sitting can cause more serious problems. When you sit for hours at a time, whether it's for work or at home when you're online, you are deadening the nerve impulses in your legs, which may cause swelling. Blood flow also decreases in this area and your body stops burning calories, which increases weight gain. The amount of good cholesterol that is produced in your body also drops drastically, which allows the bad levels to rise and may even contribute to diabetes. One way to combat this is to buy a corner standing desk, which keeps the leg muscles in use while you're working.
How to Reduce Your Risk
While this news is certainly alarming, especially if you sit for your job all day, there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of developing chronic and even life-threatening diseases. Talk to your supervisor about buying ergonomic furniture, such as a corner standing desk so that you can spend part of your work day standing up. This will help promote better blood flow. Walk as much as possible during the day and get up from your desk at least once every 30 minutes. If possible, stretch your legs and rotate your hips for five minutes if you can't take a quick walk. This will keep your muscles from becoming stiff and prevent atrophy.
How Biomorph Can Help
Buying a corner standing desk from biomorphdesk.com is just one way that our company can help you live a more productive and healthy life. Our ergonomic office furniture promotes overall physical health while you're on the job and offers a number of solutions for the problems that come with prolonged sitting. Give us a call today at 888-302-DESK to talk about our wide selection of corner standing desks, ergonomic chairs, and everything else that you need to be successful and healthy, each and every day.
May 14, 2013 2:42:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson1 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.Read More