The job you choose will greatly impact your life. It can be the key to living your dreams aside from just being the source of your income. It’s also where you will spend the majority of your day, so your work environment is as important as the work itself. On the surface, your work station may seem like a simple desk and chair. However, these items can play a huge impact on your health.
The Sitting Debate in the Workplace
There has been a growing debate about sedentary work positions. According to several studies, staying seated at your desk for hours on end adds to an inactive lifestyle. Sitting at work for a large amount of your time has been linked to doubling your risks for diabetes, heart disease and a lower lifespan.
For most people, sitting is a common position. Whether we’re working, driving, watching TV or eating dinner, all of these activities involve us being seated—and despite its potential drawbacks, people tend to multi-task more efficiently, and concentrate better on detailed-oriented tasks, while they’re sitting.
These conflicting viewpoints create a puzzling question. If sitting at work has such negative ramifications, what’s the alternative?
Standing is the New Trend
Standing at work has been touted as the healthier alternative over sitting at work. Using a height-adjustable workstation, workers who stand burn more calories and say they feel more productive at work. While standing at work may have the benefit of an energy boost, this method still comes with disadvantages. Your heart has to work harder to circulate blood upward when you’re standing. This exertion can place strain on your veins, joints or back. There’s an additional risk of developing carotid arteries, varicose veins or cardiovascular problems.
It turns out that both standing and sitting have their drawbacks. This dilemma leaves us still seeking how to avoid a slew of health problems. What’s the real way to a beneficial work environment?
It’s All about Balance
The secret to bridging the gap between sitting and standing is to balance the two. A variety of movement can alleviate the strain of standing and counter the inactivity of sitting. You can alternate between the two positions throughout the day. One popular suggestion is to stand every 20 to 30 minutes. The movement will help rejuvenate your body from its previous sedentary position. During this break, you can stretch, contract your muscles or rock your feet. Do anything that gets your body moving! All of it will help in shaking off potential health complications.
Sit2Stand is the Perfect Support
These new tactics can be utilized further with one of our Sit2Stand Height-Adjustable Work Stations. Whether you chose to sit or stand at work, Uprite Ergo products will be a superior aide in achieving a healthier workplace lifestyle. You can view our many options on our product page or contact an Uprite Ergo representative to learn more.