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Height-Adjustable Desks Are Easy To Love

May 16, 2018 by

The “act of sitting” is bad. It’s not just about how poor posture can lead to chronic pain; it can reduce life expectancy.

According to a study by the National Institute of Health, the average American spends 7.7 hours a day sitting in front of the computer, in the car, or on the couch. That equals about 55 percent of one’s waking time. 

More shocking were the findings of a study by the Annals of Internal Medicine. This study suggested that the amount of time a person sits during the day is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, regardless of regular exercise.

That last part surprised me. The study suggests that even those who go to the gym after a long day of sitting in front of the computer are going to suffer the ill effects of sitting.

Height-adjustable desks are a great way to help augment a healthier lifestyle. Because of that, these desks have been gaining popularity in households and professional workplaces. Here are some reasons to love height-adjustable desks.

Better Posture

A height-adjustable desk naturally improves posture and strengthens the spine when upright. It’s a lot harder to slouch and hunch over the computer when standing up. This means fewer backaches and pains.

Increased Energy

With better posture comes better breathing. Sitting at the computer for a long period of time can be exhausting and even painful. Think about a typical day at work: after 30 to 45 minutes of staying in the same seated position, muscles can cramp, and blood flow slows, leaving a person feeling restless and uncomfortable. Standing helps increase blood flow and even helps tone muscles. This lets employees remain alert and increases their energy while working. They become more focused, and in turn, more productive.

Longer Life

This may sound dramatic, but it is no joke: a height-adjustable desk could literally add years to a person’s life. Studies by the NIH and Centers for Disease Control, among others, have described prolonged sitting as “the new smoking.” Sedentary habits can lead to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These studies show that reducing the amount of time spent seated can help reduce the risk of these diseases.

More Calories Burned

A height-adjustable desk can help avoid the health pitfalls of sitting all day and burn calories at the same time, as standing burns more calories than sitting. Studies show that about 50 calories are burned per hour when simply standing, but standing encourages people to move even more, often burning significantly more calories.

Those who are not quite ready to stand up and work should note that it is still important to get up and move…your life may depend on it!

This column was printed in the June/July 2018 edition of B2B.

Doug Schuring is the director of sales administration at All Makes Office Equipment Co.

Get Moving

March 29, 2014 by

By now, everyone has probably heard how sitting for extended periods of time is bad for your health. The Surgeon General recommends a minimum of 10,000 steps or five miles per day, yet the average American walks less than half of this amount, which leads to chronic health problems brought on by inactivity.

In the work environment, sitting for long hours is the norm. We spend many hours a day in front of a computer typing, surfing the web, and Tweeting. During a typical workday, Americans spend as much as 95 percent of the day sitting.

The treadmill desk and height-adjustable work surfaces are designed to change sedentary work environments. Consisting of a desk with an integrated control console, the treadmill desk still allows users to accomplish daily tasks like e-mails, phone calls, and typing while being a bit more active. The console displays speed, distance, steps taken, time spent, and calories burned. It also allows users to synchronize data with an online account where they can set goals and track their walking progress. The treadmill desk has a quiet motor that is ideal for the corporate or home office.

Adjustable-height workstations allow workers to raise and lower their work surface and monitor throughout the day, permitting them to sit or stand while working. From companies such as Google and Facebook and classrooms from elementary to university level, height-adjustable tables are starting to become more popular.

If you don’t have access to a treadmill desk or height-adjustable work surface, you can still find creative ways to move more throughout the workday. Here are a few ideas:

Stand up while you talk on the phone.

Every time you finish a task, take a stretching break.

Remind yourself to get up and move. Set a reminder on your phone that goes off every hour.

Take the stairs, not the elevator.

Don’t roll your office chair. Get up and walk instead.

Our bodies are made to move, so get moving! Stop by the All Makes showroom at 25th and Farnam to see what’s new in the office and to demo the treadmill desk and height-adjustable work surfaces. The All Makes team is trained to help you make furniture and business equipment purchases that fit your office atmosphere, your work style, and your budget.

Visit the All Makes showroom at 25th and Farnam streets in Omaha to see the latest office furniture and design trends on display. The All Makes team is trained to help you make design and furniture purchases that fit your office atmosphere, your work style, and your budget.