Should I stand to work?
The idea is neither to sit nor to stand for the whole day - but to alternate between the two.
Adopting this approach many years ago with our own teams has seen us reduce back pain related sick leave to less than 1%
Sit-stand desking is great for health, productivity, calorie burn, energy levels, fitness, and overall wellbeing!
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At Back in Action we all work at sit-stand desks and wouldn't have it any other way! We're not the only ones - users worldwide have seen improvements in their health and well being, increased productivity, decreased back pain, and even weight loss. We find it is the combined ability to sit and stand that has the greatest benefits.
My theory about sitting is simple: if we are allowed to move, we move
- Peter Opsvik.
We live in the body of a Hunter-Gatherer, yet spend most of each day sitting still. Not surprisingly we experience reduced circulation. In particular, our blood and lymph systems work more slowly.
By alternating your work between sitting and standing your body may at first feel a little tired, but it will be encouraged to get fitter, and after a few weeks, those who mix sitting and standing in a balanced way report decreased back problems, extra vitality, and less illness compared to those who work purely sitting down or purely standing.
There are two ways this is improved:
First, an increase in health and vitality allows you to function better (Hemingway, Dickens, and Kierkegaard all had standing desks), second, the ease with which one can move while standing means some tasks are performed more quickly. (try the simple task of assembling and posting a letter sitting vs. standing).
Our body is designed for variety and movement. When we sit all day, even in a Back in Action chair, our calorie burn is lower.
At Back in Action almost all our chairs increase activity and burn more calories by an estimated 20% which leads to increased fitness and alertness. Add the extra calories used by active sit-stand work and you'll be fitter and slimmer ( if your calorie intake stays the same.) Of course, you may not like to lose weight, in which case you could always go for the extra bun!
We have teamed up with Lavoro, and launched their flagship dual motor height adjustable desk - The Advance. It is a sturdy and stylish, Swedish-designed desk with the maximum height adjustability on the market. Along with having our own custom-designed model in Pink, we will also be donating to Cancer Research UK with every sale.Lavoro Advance Desk