Over the last few years, height-adjustable desks have generated a lot of news and hype. We know that sitting for hours on end just isn’t good for us, but nothing in the research proves that the remedy is simply standing up all day instead. So in the case of productivity, it’s good to have options.
Sit or stand – it’s really up to you!
Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD, cardiologist and study author has said:
“It’s important to avoid sitting for hours at a time. Standing is a very good first step — no pun intended — to avoid this mindset of sitting interminably without moving.”
However, he did note that standing for extended periods of time isn’t safe for all people, such as those with joint or vascular issues. Those people should still regularly get up from prolonged sitting periods to walk around.
It’s having the choice that is key.
Advantages of height-adjustable desks
- Standing burns three times as many calories as sitting.
- Using a standing desk may lower your blood sugar levels by 43%.
- Standing may lower your risk of heart disease.
- Having the option to sit also helps lower your blood pressure.
- Standing desks appear to reduce back pain.
- Being able to alternate between sitting and standing should mean you are able to maintain high levels of productivity.
Highland Office Equipment, part of the Capital group, sell an excellent range of height-adjustable desks and ergonomic office chairs.
Orthopaedica by Torasen, is a range of ergonomically responsive task seating designed to meet the challenging conditions found in today’s working environment, and ideal for those with back problems.
HOE also have a wide range of electric sit stand workstations and height-adjustable desks, which have the added benefits of less work-related absenteeism, improved circulation, and help with back-related problems.