Experts in ergonomics say that changing between a standing and sitting position enables desk users to avoid discomfort. This will also lead to increased productivity, making the use of sit/ stand desks a popular choice for employers and employees all over the world.
In recent years, more and more businesses have opted to equip their offices with sit/ stand desks, in order to avoid bad health amongst the workforce. The NHS state that, “to reduce the risk of ill health from inactivity, we are advised to exercise regularly – at least 150 minutes a week – and reduce sitting time”. We are also told by the NHS, studies have shown that excessive sitting can be linked to being overweight, obesity, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and early death.
So why does sitting down cause us so many health problems? One school of thought is that sitting slows down the metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.
Because many UK adults spend so much time working in front of a computer or at any other kind of workstation, the opportunity to stand up seldom arises throughout the working day. To combat this, and improve workers health Flexiform created the Jot-Up range of desks to allow users of the desk to stand up and sit down as they see fit during the day; leading to a reduction in time that a person stays inactive, whilst at their desk.
As science begins to confirm further that sitting for long periods of time, the demand for larger scale office fit-outs that comprise of sit/ stand desks for each and every worker is picking up pace. Flexiform are now doing office installations that have banks of desks in two’s, three’s, four’s and more, and rigged up to the electrics if they are electric height-adjustable desks.
Sit/ stand desks are no longer a novelty. They are now a very much mainstream necessity many offices all over the world, due to the following ergonomic benefits.
Improved posture – ability to straighten back and legs when stood up.
- Increased amount of time spent being active – improves fitness, heart, health and prevents weight issues.
- Increases focus on work – productivity will improve with the freedom to sit down and stand up, as and when is needed
- Lower back pressure, as well as pressure on the legs and buttocks, is reduced when in the standing position – back pain is a common health issue with office workers and can lead to absent days from work.
- Ability to stretch – our bodies naturally like to stretch and move to allow blood to flow through the body. When in a constantly seated position this isn’t possible.
The benefits of sit/ stand desks are clear, and Flexiform has a range of these desks to suit all users and employers needs. From electrically operated desks to crank operated versions, Jot-Up can help to improve the health of office workers. There’s even software calorie counting software that can prompt a user to stand up at certain points of the days, which both motivates the worker to do so, as well as taking the guesswork out of what to do and when.