For many of us, the largest percentage of our time spent in the office is sat. It is a well known fact that a more active person in the workplace is healthier than somebody who sits without breaks for long periods of time at their desk. In an ideal world you would stand and move around for at least 5 minutes an hour throughout the working day.
Our bodies are made for movement. Standing and moving are unique biological triggers that play a key role in being healthy. Unfortunately, the sedentary life that many office workers have adopted affects their health regardless of how much they eat or how much they exercise.
Sitting for extended time periods is linked with visual symptoms, obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Without regular and incidental standing and walking, the activity of lipo-protein lipase, the enzyme that breaks down plaque-causing fats in our blood, drops off significantly.
Prolonged sitting has also been shown to result in increasing worker discomfort over the course of the workday. Research shows an association between increasing discomfort and decreasing productivity, as well as future pain. What’s more, the chain from prolonged, immobile sitting to possible health risks exists even when one sits in a highly adjustable, ergonomically supportive work chair.
If sitting all day poses such risks, some say the answer is to stand. However, abandoning one’s chair to work all day at a stand-up surface is associated with its own hazards: lower extremity discomfort and fatigue, lower extremity swelling and venous pooling, lower back pain, and entire body fatigue.
One part of the solution is providing furniture in appropriate settings so that people have options to sit, stand, and move during their workday. The other part consists of helping people understand the benefits of moving and changing their postures, as well as the basics of adjusting their furniture. By having sit – stand ethos in your working environment, you are enabling movement throughout the body. When the body begins to feel stagnant sitting, by switching to a standing position, even if it is for 5 – 10 minutes can help move the stagnant blood back through the body and relieve the main pressure points.
Design Office Solutions can offer a wide line-up of performance work chairs manufactured by some of the leading Ergonomic Office Furniture companies that can provide a host of postural options. Along side these amazingly beneficial chairs that can promote large amounts of movement throughout the body whilst being sat and still being supported, we can also offer Sit-Stand desks and tables to add more movement to your day. These desks are a brilliant solution allowing you to re-correct the alignment of the spine and allowing the blood to move more freely through the back and legs for short periods of the day and relieving the main pressure points of the body, meaning you feel fresher, more energized, focused and productive. For more information on our ergonomic solutions for your office environment please contact us.