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.
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.
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.
Ready to change the way you work? Browse our selection of ergonomic chairs and adjustable desks now.
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