Sit-stand desks are a growing office trend, and according to a few research studies, they can provide a number of health benefits for people in traditionally sedentary jobs. While the health benefits from standing all day is still up for discussion, having adjustable desks provide employees with the freedom to boost their energy expenditure.
According to a study from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, switching between sitting and standing during an eight-hour work day could result in an energy expenditure of approximately 56.9 calories for men and 48.3 calories for women. This may not seem significant, but when you consider the alternative (i.e. sitting for 8 hours a day) this is a major improvement in a person’s health and wellness.
For those who are unfamiliar with the health risks associated with prolonged sitting, let us fill you in. Various researchers from Toronto, New York, and Ontario studied the magnitude, consistency, and manner of association between sedentary time and physical activity during a clinical trial last year. During their study, they discovered that sitting for extended periods of time can increase a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and death, even among people who exercise regularly.
This news may be disheartening for the people who exercise regularly, but before setting off alarm bells if your job requires a lot of sitting, the study did find that the health effects of prolonged sitting are most pronounced in people who never exercise or do so only occasionally. Still, even if you spend an hour in the morning running and an hour in the evening working out, if you’re sitting at a desk for more than 8 hours a day, you are at a higher risk of developing chronic and debilitating health problems.
Now, when it comes to purchasing adjustable desks for the office, do you wait for the next health care trend to come around, or do you just buy it? At Landmark Title Assurance Agency we are providing employees with the option for an adjustable desk to address this health concern. Working in the Title industry, much of our day is spent at our desks, which means a lot of sitting.
On the other hand, there are a number of studies that show standing for long periods of time can have its own health risks, such as the pooling of blood in the legs, causing varicose veins, and an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you’re working at an adjustable desk, it allows for both options and the ability to maximize the benefits.
If you are contemplating making a change in your own company, consider the following tips to get the most out of your ergonomic office furniture:
- Try to sit for 20 minutes, stand for eight minutes, then move around and stretch for two minutes.
- Check chair heights to make sure you are reducing the chance for back pain and eye strain.
- Encourage employees to stand and walk during work hours by placing the printer across the room or speaking face to face to coworkers rather than sending an email on occasion.
- Provide other options like exercise ball style chairs or treadmills where you are able to work.
The adjustable sit-stand desks is one of many new furniture options companies can choose from to provide a healthier place to work. At Landmark Title Assurance Agency, Mike Bishop, our senior commercial title officer recently opted for an adjustable sit-stand desk in his office. Others may soon follow.