British people sit for an average of 8.9 hours per day.
Should you be changing your office set up to include an adjustable sit-stand desk?
Over the past few years research has shown us that sitting at your desk for just 4 hours a day could play a significant part in increasing your risk of;
- Back ache
- Heart disease
- Muscle degeneration
Raise your desk, raise your spirits
A small change makes a big difference, just standing at your office desk instead of sitting can increase calorie burn up to 40% and helps you to feel more energised.
The ‘Get Britain Standing” campaign states that the enzymes that help fat break down, slow down by 90% when you sit down.
Standing also sparks your creativity and increases your productivity.
It needn’t be hard work
You don’t have to stand all day for the benefits to show, simply having office furniture that gives you the flexibility to choose from a sitting or standing position, will empower you to become more active in your working day. If a sit-stand workstation isn’t for you, then even smaller changes can help to increase your health such as standing when you take a phone call, or walking over to a colleague’s desk rather than sending an internal email.
An active work space that works for you
You don’t need a lot to get started, you just need to stand up. Saying that if you are then hunched over your PC that is not going to help to improve your wellbeing either, so it may be worth considering an active work station or adjustable office desk. There are plenty of options out there, many that rise and fall at the touch of a button, allowing you to change your working position quickly and easily, without interrupting your working day.