Advantages of Working Upright

by Melissa Whowell - 4/9/2018
Advantages of Working Upright

It's no secret that the corporate world requires a lot of sitting. Between commuting, multiple meetings, and demanding desk duties, the average American spends between 10-13 hours sitting per day. According to research, our all day sitting habits are leading to serious health risks. But standing all day at work isn’t healthy either, causing discomfort and swelling in the legs and feet.

So, how do you create a heathier, less-sedentary work environment? The key is to alternate between sitting and standing positions. We recommend starting with ergonomic sit-to-stand desks. They make standing effortless and instant, helping your employees remain in-motion and healthy at work.

Standing Desk Benefits

Improved Posture

An ergonomic standing desk will improve your body's posture. It's been shown that standing for an extended period of time will align the spine and result in reduced lower back pain. 

Promotes Movement

When ergonomic products are properly used, they encourage the movement of core muscle groups. The results are a healthier spine, fewer gastrointestinal problems, better posture, and increased circulation.

Reduces Risk of Disease

Studies have shown the risks of sitting for 10+ hours a day include cancer, obesity, and heart disease. Taking care of your body by working upright will significantly reduce these risks. 

Increased Productivity

Standing not only improves your heath, but it also improves productivity within the workplace. A recent study has shown increased productivity by 53% over the course of a six-month period.

Tips to Get Started

Start Off Slow

Your muscles will need time to adapt to a new lifestyle, so make a slow transition to the upright work position. Having an anti-fatigue mat and supportive shoes will reduce excess pressure off your joints and prevent injuries from occurring in the future. 

Install Products Properly

Ergonomic products are only beneficial if they’re used correctly. Place your computer monitor 10-13 inches from your face to reduce eye, neck and spine stress. And make sure your standing desk and perching seat are adjusted to fit your specific height.

Move and Track It

As a business that values technology, we encourage employees to monitor their movement with fitness bands, smart watches and mobile apps. This not only promotes movement but adds a fun element to the workplace.

Products We Love

Adjustable Worksurfaces by Northwest Desk

Northwest Desk is our team's go-to manufacturer for high-quality standing desks at a price that small and mid-market customers can afford. Northwest Desk's adjustable worksurfaces come in a two-leg and three-leg option with 4-position memory, built-in cable management, and an up/down collision system.

 

Float by Humanscale

If you're looking for a high-end, highly-customized solution, check out the Float height-adjustable table by Humanscale. Float has a sophisticated design, modern functionality, and can accommodate multiple sizes and shapes of tops. 

 

QuickStand by Humanscale

Not quite ready to purchase a brand-new desk? HumanScale's QuickStand neatly attaches to the top of your existing fixed-height desk to seamlessly transform it into an active one. You can move the stand up and down throughout the work day to ensure your screen and keyboard are always in the most ergonomically correct position.

 

Mobis Seat by Focal

When you need a rest from standing, try "perching" with the popular Mobis Seat by Focal. This seat supports a healthy leaning posture, encouraging a hip-to-torso range of 130 to 135 degrees, which relieves the pressure on your spine and connected muscles that can occur during prolonged standing.

Kick Balance Board by Safeco

Get a light workout while standing at your desk with the Kick Balance Board by Safeco. Designed to promote low-intensity movements during the workday, the Kick Balance Board is perfect for someone looking to gain additional benefits from standing by putting their stabilizing muscles to work. 

Ready for Healthy?

When employees aren’t confined to traditional ways of working, they can create small changes that add up to make a big impact on their work and life. By building a movement rich workplace, you'll have a dynamic environment where employees can continually be active, focused, and more productive.

Interested in ergonomic products for your workplace? Contact us for product recommendations that fit your unique goals and budget.

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