“Traditionally, people adjusted to their work space. That’s no longer valid.”
We’ve struggled through our initial reaction that sit-stand solutions are pricey. We now realize that it’s not as much an expense, as it is an investment in our future health and well being.
Welcome to the first of our four part series on IMPORTANT FACTORS when considering investing in a “sit-stand” option.
#1 Consider Ergonomic Seating
Proper ergonomic seating is very important.
The chair must fit the sitter. One size cannot fit all. The ergonomic design, size, and its ability to adjust to an individual, matters. To provide proper support, the width of the seat pan and the distance between the arm rests are vital factors. Some individuals require a short seat pan, while others need it to be fairly deep. The width of the back and the location of the lumbar support are crucial. The chair height range is also important.
Humans are designed to move…
Proper ergonomic seating, though important, is not the only answer – long term. Humans are designed to move. That’s why we’re hearing so much about the perils of our sedentary lifestyle. In the past, we have been told that a good ergonomic chair will solve much – and it’s still true. But sitting at a desk (or anywhere for that matter) for 3 hours or more is bad for us regardless of how ergonomically well designed is our chair. We need to get up!
Tomorrow’s work space will adjust to its people.
Traditionally, people adjusted to their work space, but that’s no longer valid. Tomorrow’s work space will adjust to its people.
“There will come a time when a sedentary seated working environment will be deemed completely unhealthy. The thing that people need to remember is that it’s not an on-trend product that we’ve just suddenly developed to address a gap in the market.” 1
“A new study in Australia has shown that reducing your sitting time by only two hours a day can result in improvements in blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and likely your metabolism. For many people these subtle changes could be the stimulus that enables them to turn the corner to address increasing waistlines, borderline diabetes issues or other health challenges”2
Electric sit-stand desks transition effortlessly with a quick, quiet, smooth motion. They are not load sensitive and, in most cases, they have considerably more capacity than the weight placed upon them. Some sit- stand desks are programmable to a persons preferred sitting and/or standing position or to stop before coming in contact with other objects like cabinets below or shelves above.
We hope you have enjoyed the first part of our four-part series on IMPORTANT FACTORS when considering investing in a “sit-stand” option.
Have you heard of sit-stand “Platforms”? Considered trying one out as your “sit-stand” option?
Keep an eye out for part 2 of our series, coming next week!
2 DR. MARK KESTNER, 5 Tips to Help People Who Sit, Murfreesboro Post Published: August 31, 2015http://www.murfreesboropost.com/5-tips-to-help-people-who-sit-cms-42752
Chairs pictured above are by The Global Group