Over the course of a typical work week, a typical office worker spends an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes a day sitting at their desk.
According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, sitting for more than six hours a day can increase your chance of diabetes, heart disease and obesity by 18% over those who sit less than three hours a day. And the American Cancer Society says that “even if you exercise almost every day, the benefits can be undone if you spend the rest of your time sitting.”
So what’s an office worker to do?
One solution growing in popularity is the sit stand desk. Sit stand desks can provide a number of health and productivity benefits. Studies have shown that alternating between sitting and standing during the workday can reduce your risk of disease and even burn a few extra calories. Do your research and you’ll find new, used and remanufactured sit stand desking solutions from most of the biggest brands in the office furniture industry, including Herman Miller and Steelcase. These desks encourage movement, are height adjustable and can promote employee wellness, creativity and productivity
Why sitting all day is bad for us
The truth is, sitting or standing all day or for long periods can lead to wear and tear on your body – from your neck and back to your knees and feet. Most ergonomics experts suggest alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day to keep your muscles active, increase enzyme productivity and keep blood sugar levels in check, not to mention lessening fatigue and strain on your back and feet. Standing helps keep our joints in positions that encourage better blood flow and activates core, back, arm and leg muscles. According to researchers from the Work & Health Research Center at Loughborough University, prolonged sitting can also negatively affect your mental health.
Sit stand desks offer an easy way to alternate from sitting to standing throughout the workday, and they are customizable to individual users. A good office furniture company will not only help you find the desk that is right for your workplace and the individual user, but will also help make sure it’s set up properly to get optimal benefits whether you’re sitting or standing.
Start small. In other words, don’t go from sitting all day to standing all day. Chances are, the abrupt transition will be difficult and may do more harm than good – especially if it makes you want to throw in the towel. Stand a few hours a day your first week (say in 20-minute intervals), Then increase it as the weeks go on. You may even want to make a small investment in a standing mat to increase your comfort while you stand for extended periods of time.
For more information on new, used, and remanufactured sit stand desks and workstations, contact Davies Office today. Call 518-449-4036.