David Holloway of FineBack Furniture writes on the popularity of Sit Stand desks
A Sit Stand Desk or Height Adjustable desks are becoming more widespread as consumers and employers recognise the health benefits and become fully aware of the dangers associated with a sedentary lifestyle. It is generally accepted that exercise is beneficial to our well being but few would appreciate that prolonged sitting can have an adverse effect on our health.
Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of the day will increase fatty deposits in the arteries leading eventually to cardiovascular disease. It was also noted that subsequent moderate exercise or activity had little effect in reducing this risk. Furthermore, sitting in a conventional office chair will increase the vertical loading on the spinal discs by up to 50% compared to a standing posture. And this can lead to back and neck pain, tension and discomfort.
A height adjustable desk is commonly referred to as a sit stand desk, which describes its function perfectly. The desk can operate at normal height with your regular office chair but the user can then raise the desk to a comfortable standing height. This key principle of movement and variation in posture is an essential component of Backcare, improving circulation and reducing muscle fatigue. As human beings, we are not designed to sit still or adopt a static posture.
Alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day is the ideal. Standing has been shown to burn up to 50 calories per hour more than a seated position and will aid blood flow. You should take advantage of regular breaks to move around , increase circulation and maintain muscle activity. New users of height adjustable desks have recognised a number of benefits:
- Activity maintains muscle strength and condition
- Improved circulation helps energy levels and better concentration
- Can assist in reducing back pain caused by static and poor posture
- Achieve the ideal desk height whatever your height may be
- Improvement in productivity and communication
Height adjustable desks for children are superb for maintaining a healthy posture from an early age. As a child grows, the desk height can be gradually raised to the ideal position. Moll children’s desks from Germany incorporate many ergonomic benefits including a tilting desktop for the ideal writing, painting or studying environment. A wide choice of desk style and finish can be found at FineBack Furniture with many units held in stock for delivery before Christmas.
Try a sit stand desk at FineBack Furniture’s showroom is situated near St Albans, in London Colney. We regularly serve customers in North London, Essex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.