The folks at HealthPostures.com posted an article about the benefits of engaging in a sit-to-stand workspace set up. Not everyone can engage in a sit-to-stand set up, but for those that can – it’s worth looking into. In any case, we thought it was an interesting read and we wanted to share!
The science behind Sit-to-Stand
Sit stand desks used to be seen as novelty, but they’ve entered the mainstream with all the accumulating research, along with the increasing importance of computers in the workplace. Movement variation is the key to retaining a healthy body, and the methods to achieve this are extremely limited in a sitting position. Postural variation is the trick, and the best way to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort. Weight re-positioning and weight redistribution is very important to maintaining a stress-free body when you’re working. Lower back pressure, along with pressure on the legs and buttocks, is reduced when you’re in a standing position because different sets of muscles are used. When we go to a standing position from a sitting position, our bodies have a natural inclination to move and stretch. The instant effect is a pressure lessening on the spine and enhanced blood flow throughout the body. Maintaining this variable position for as long as desired during working is optimal.
Experts agree: Mix it up!
Experts in ergonomics agree that switching between standing and sitting has the effect of less discomfort, increased productivity, and given the choice, it is the preferred method to work from desk users around the globe. Sit Stand Desks are really starting to gain a lot of favor in the workplace as science shows us that it’s a problem to sit for long periods of time without moving. It’s bad for our health, frankly. The accumulating research reveals something disturbing, and intriguing. The health hazards for sitting for long periods of time are serious even for people who are seriously active when they’re not in a sitting position. Even if you go to the gym a lot, in other words, it’s still bad to be sitting for long periods of time at your desk.
So what do you think? It’s certainly not easy, but do you feel sit-to-stand is worth trying? Let us know what you think in the comments!