Thinking about asking for a standing desk for work…this study proves many benefits!
Want a Standing Desk? Show This Study to Your Boss
Standing desks became trendy because of their ability to cut into your sitting time, thereby improving your health and wellness in the workplace. And a small new study says the benefits don’t stop there: standing desks may actually improve your job performance, too.
Office workers who used desks that could be adjusted for sitting or standing reported significant reductions in the amount of time they spent sitting, better health and improved work performance at the end of a year-long trial, compared to employees who sat at their desks as usual. The results were published Wednesday in the BMJ.
The study involved 146 people who worked in office roles at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in the U.K. Seventy-six participants were given sit-stand desks and completed training meant to encourage less sitting at work, including an educational seminar, individual coaching sessions and even a smart seat cushion, which reminded people to stand by vibrating. People in the other group didn’t get any coaching and worked at their desks as normal. Everyone’s sitting and standing time was measured by a device worn continuously on the thigh at the start of the study, and again at three, six and 12 months into the trial.
At the start of the study, people sat for an average of 9.7 hours each day, including time at home. But over the course of the year, people in the intervention group began sitting much less than people in the control group: After three months, they spent 50 fewer minutes seated each day. That number grew over time. After six months, they sat for 64 fewer minutes than the control group, and after a year, they sat for 82 fewer minutes.
As a school teacher for 13 years, I witnessed how much better kids learned when allowed to move. When I introduced stability balls and active seating solutions in my classrooms kids learned better and loved school more. So I founded WittFitt to help schools convert their classrooms to dynamic, movement-oriented environments. Having been active all my life and now being in the business of promoting movement in schools, sitting at a desk was not an option for me.
I invested in a standing desk and use stability balls and rocking stools throughout the day. However, many days my body asks for more so I bought an UnSit under desk treadmill to go with my stand up desk. The treadmill fit easily under my desk. The extra width allows me to reach everything on my desk without missing a step. The treadmill was pretty much plug and play out of the box, we only had to attach the emergency stop switch under the desk. Now I can walk and work at the same time and my body feels amazing. With each step I feel more energized than ever before!
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At WittFitt we believe that Moderation is the key! Not too much sitting or too much standing. This is a great article that explains why we need ACTIVE products at work.
Should you sit or stand at work? Both may kill you, experts say
By Kyle Rothenberg
Published May 21, 2015
Fox News If you sit or stand at work, it could be killing you — according to many health professionals trying to figure out which is the healthiest option.
There are dozens of studies published in the past decade that report too much “butt-on-the-chair” time can shorten our lifespan and increase the risk of developing deadly illnesses, including cancer and obesity.
Harvard researchers found that the more time people spend sitting at work, driving or watching television, the more likely it is that they will die from heart disease and strokes.
Another study reveals that sitting most of the day increases the risk of dying from a heart attack by more than 50 percent, while cutting daily sitting time to under three hours might extend our life by two years.
But other specialists are suggesting that standing at work is also bad for our health.
“It dramatically increases the risks of carotid atherosclerosis…and it also increases the risks of varicose veins, so standing all day is unhealthy,” Alan Hedge, a certified professional ergonomist and professor at Cornell University said.
“The problem with standing [at work] is that when you raise desk height for keyboard/mouse use, you need to also raise screen height about the desk or you get neck flexion,” Hedge said. “Neck flexion” is the movement in which the chin is lowered down toward the chest.
Office exercise: Add more activity to your workday
Too much sitting and too little exercise is bad for your health. So get off your seat and make physical activity — from fitness breaks to walking meetings — part of your daily routine.
By Mayo Clinic Staff- May 10, 2017
1. Start with your commute
Walk or bike to work. If you ride the bus or the subway, get off a few blocks early or at an earlier stop than usual and walk the rest of the way. If you drive to work, park at the far end of the parking lot — or park in a nearby lot. In your building, take the stairs rather than the elevator.
2. Stand up and work
Look for ways to get out of your chair. Stand and walk while talking on the phone. Or try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up. If possible, skip instant messaging and email, and instead walk to a colleague’s desk for a face-to-face chat.
3. Take fitness breaks
Rather than hanging out in the lounge with coffee or a snack, take a brisk walk, hike a few flights of stairs or do some gentle stretching. For example, face straight ahead, then lower your chin to your chest. Or, while standing, grab the back of one of your ankles — or your pant leg — and bring it up toward your buttock. Hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.
4. Bring a fitness ball to work
Consider trading your desk chair for a firmly inflated fitness or stability ball, as long as you’re able to safely balance on the ball. You’ll improve your balance and tone your core muscles while sitting at your desk. Use the fitness ball for wall squats or other exercises during the day. Keep in mind that in some cases, an office chair may be more appropriate. 5. Keep fitness gear at work Store resistance bands — stretchy cords or tubes that offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them — or small hand weights in a desk drawer or cabinet. Do arm curls between meetings or tasks.
To Work Better, Just Get Up From Your Desk
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Sleepwalking through your job? Often hit by the 2 p.m. slump? A new study suggests a quick fix for those daily lags in energy. And no, it’s not a cup of coffee.
Interspersing short movements and exercises throughout the workday can boost employee energy, engagement and efficiency, says sports scientist Jack Groppel. Whether it’s stretching periodically in your cubicle or walking to a coworker’s desk rather than sending that intra-office email, small actions can go a long way toward improving both individual and company performance…
Both Sullivan and Groppel note that introducing movement to workplace culture is easier when office leaders are on board with the initiative. Periodic movements should not be considered “breaks,” Groppel adds, since the activity seems to enhance employee productivity and concentration.
Here are some tips on how to incorporate movement into your workday:
Take the stairs
Hold “walking meetings,” taking notes on the go if needed
Sit on an exercise ball at your desk
Talk to colleagues in person rather than sending intra-office emails
Walk to a farther bathroom
Stand up periodically
Try small stretches or exercises like knee extensions