You hear it everywhere—sitting all day at work isn’t good for you. Health experts have been encouraging movement for decades, but that’s not so easy when you’re stuck at a desk all day. So now what? How am I supposed to work 40+ hours a week for a job that requires me to be at my desk with my computer for ~90% of my day?
Aha—standing desks! They’re the answer to all your problems, right? Wrong. Who truly wants to be on their feet all day at work standing in one place? No one.
So, according to health experts, we can’t sit all day because that could lead to issues like diabetes, cancer, and obesity. But, prolonged standing can also lead to health issues, including problematic blood circulation that can cause issues with veins.
I recently read an article from D’MARGE called “Oh Great, Apparently Sitting & Standing Are Both Killing You” and found it very interesting to think about. Because of that, I tried a little study out on myself to see what makes me feel the best and most productive at work. Our office is full of sit-to-stand desks, so the resources were there for me. I tried sitting for the majority of a day as well as standing for the majority of another day. What I quickly realized is that I can’t sit or stand at my desk all day—obviously minus the necessary restroom breaks and trips to the printer, but you get the point. At some point after standing for a long period of time, I naturally sat down without even thinking about it.
The obvious answer here is that we need a mix of sitting and standing to be the healthiest and most productive we can be during our workday. At One Eleven Design, we have many sit-to-stand desks for our employees and we would LOVE to help you out and show you some of the many options we have to offer for your workspace! I personally was introduced to these desks when I started working here two months ago and, I must say, they are a game changer. Mostly because I’m not one to sit still for very long!
Remember to stay active at work and be productive—remind yourself every hour or so to stand up for a few minutes and give your brain a refresh! And if sit-to-stand desks sound like a great addition to your workplace, reach out to us today to get the conversation started!