Many workplace innovations have been suggested and implemented to improve workplace ergonomics — ie. yoga balls, treadmills, and standing desks.
There has been a link between reducing sedentary time and improving physical, mental and metabolic health. Sitting for long hours has been linked to stress-related injuries, back and neck pain and so many other issues.
- Burns more calories (not that many) — Choosing to stand instead of sitting for an afternoon of work has been shown to burn an additional 170 calories more than sitting does.
- It may lower blood sugar levels and risk of heart disease — Sitting after your meals and remaining sedentary often causes spikes in blood pressure levels.
- Reduce back and neck pain — Neck and back pain are the most common complaints of office workers, often caused by long hours in an uncomfortable position at one’s desk.
- Improve mood and energy — Sitting and remaining sedentary for extended periods of time has been linked to increased risk of developing depression and anxiety. People who stand at their desks report less stress and fatigue than those who remain sedentary.
If you are going to implement a standing desk in your office, keep in mind that you should EASE into your transition; beginning with standing for thirty minutes a day and gradually increasing standing time. It is also important to note that certain tasks are better performed while seated, especially tasks that use fine motor skills.
But, if your company isn’t shelling out $ for the newest gadgets. Here are a few cost-effective ways to ease you out of your sedentary life:
- Try to maintain a correct posture while standing
- Use a floor mat below you to soften your stance
- Try to avoid looking down at the computer screen by adding a lift for proper alignment for your line of vision
- Wear comfortable shoes that limit the impact that standing has on your knees and back.
- And MOST importantly, use some tips and tricks provided by our office because MaxWell wants you to GET UP OFF THAT CHAIR!