If you’re like most of us who work in an office, it’s fair to say that the vast majority of your time will be spent sitting. The problem is, we know that sitting down all day every day in a conference room or staring at a computer screen isn’t doing much for our health, to put it lightly. And that’s truer still when you consider that a lot of us will go home, tired from a hard day’s work, only to sit down and unwind on a sofa or in our bed while watching television, reading books or browsing the internet on our tablets and phones.
Studies have shown that people who sit for prolonged periods of time have a significantly higher mortality rate than those who don’t. In fact, sitting down all day is so bad for you that it’s been called everything from ‘the new smoking’ to ‘the sitting killer’. There’s no doubt about it, as comfy as a good office chair is there’s an obvious health risk – cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, even depression – if you spend your working day seated.
Standing up for stand-up desks
That’s why health experts around the world are championing what many are calling “active working” – standing up at desks, using elliptical trainers, treadmills and more. Sounds like a novelty? At the moment, it is. But that’s changing fast, with forward-thinking employers and designers reassessing the way they utilise office space.
It’s said that standing at desks is not just beneficial for physical health but also mental clarity, helping people to work faster and smarter. How? It’s simple. When you stand, your leg muscles are continuously being worked and that fat-burning actually helps your body to produce ketones, which are known to enhance mental alertness and clarity.
“Our bodies are programmed to move… Sitting causes your central nervous system to slow down, leading to fatigue.” – James Levine, Get Up! Why Your Chair is Killing You author.
So standing desks and active working has benefits for employer and employee alike, making it a win-win for all involved.
• Healthier lifestyle reduces the number of sick days taken.
• Boosted ketone levels increase mental performance.
• Standing desks limits the need for chairs and helps you spend less on office furniture.
• Practical and ethical standing office designs impress clients.
• Attract the best and brightest to your business.
Take the first step to a healthier and happier office
There are numerous ways to make your office a better place to work, from introducing stand-up desks or freestanding desks to providing desk-ready treadmills and step trainers for your employees. You’ll find a number of exciting new products for sale online, such as the height adjustable desks – desks which can be adjusted with either a crank handle or a modern button.
To find out more about contemporary office furniture and to stay up to date on all the latest standing office developments, visit Bevlan, the UK’s leading commercial furniture specialist, today.