For many people, a sit-stand desk is the perfect solution to the health issues that can arise from sitting all day at work.
A sedentary lifestyle can be a major problem for many people who work in an office. Many jobs require working on a computer, which generally relegates people to their chairs for eight to nine hours a day. This can be bad for workers’ health, related to a wide range of health issues like heart disease, diabetes and more.
There are a range of benefits to offering a sit-stand desk to employee!
1. Reduced back pain
A common complaint of office workers is back pain. Sitting for long periods of time tightens the back muscles and can cause strain on the lower back. Standing desks have been found anecdotally to ease this pain.
2. Lowered risk of heart disease
Studies conducted in both 1853 and 2003 found that a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk of cardiovascular mortality, when compared to those with an active lifestyle. The 1953 study found that bus drivers who stood all day had half the risk of heart-disease related deaths than those who were seated.
3. Improved mood & gained energy
In 2011, 24 office workers were given standing desks, and self-reported improved mood over the four week period where they reduced their sitting time by an average of 66 minutes. They felt more energised, comfortable, healthier, more focused, and more productive – all great things to bring to the office!
4. Boosted productivity
While standing, some of your body’s largest muscle groups are engaged, which increases blood flow to the brain. This improves the way you feel, which has a knock-on effect on the way you work. Sit-stand desks have been found to increase productivity from 10-20%. The benefits of sit-stand desks are only recently being explored more seriously, but early explorations all point to their health and productivity benefits!
As with any new piece of equipment, sit-stand desks need to be individually and ergonomically adjusted to each person, to allow for proper usage, and avoid strain..
At Clever Office, we provide a wide range of sit-stand desk solutions to suit any budget and space. We can also offer advice and guidance on setting up and adjusting your sit-stand desk, to ensure workers are using them correctly and making the most out of your investment!