It’s that time of year where we all make commitments to be healthier, more disciplined, and generally better in the new year! However, not all of us manage to stick to it, and within a few weeks we are back to our old unhealthy habits.
In this blog, we’ll look at why switching to a standing desk is not only beneficial, but also achievable and sustainable.
Improved Posture and Reduced Back Pain
Any desk worker knows the challenge of sitting down all day. Try as we might to make sure we set upright, it’s near-impossible not to settle into a slouch for long periods of the day and this can have an incredibly negative effect on our spine health leading to back pain.
Standing up at your desk helps to maintain good posture and keeps your vertebrae properly aligned, helping to prevent back pain from occurring. Not only can it help to keep it at bay, but it can even help to get rid of existing back pain entirely.
If you are suffering from back pain or are worried about spine problems building up due to extended periods of being seated at your desk, switch to an adjustable standing desk and make sure your spine remains properly aligned.
Slouching isn’t just an issue when it comes to back pain. Body language is closely tied to productivity and energy, and getting too comfortable in your desk chair can lead to feeling distracted, tired, and generally unmotivated.
Standing up with your back straight has been shown time and time again to boost productivity, both anecdotally and in scientific study. Being on your feet keeps your mind engaged and focused on the task at hand, whereas slouching back and getting too comfortable puts your mind in relaxation mode.
If you often find yourself distracted at work, or suffering from the post-lunch lull where you would rather be anywhere but at your desk, try switching to a standing position. It’s about worker smarter, not necessarily harder.
The problem with lots of new year’s resolutions is that we set unrealistic standards for ourselves. Trying to cut out sugar entirely? Maybe start with reducing your sugar consumption. Trying to run 40km a week? You might be better starting with 20km. Otherwise, it’s easy to become frustrated and stop.
The same is true for standing desks. For many people, it is unrealistic to switch to exclusively standing from 9 until 5 every day. Attempting to do so might be too difficult, uncomfortable, or just frustrating. That is why at Ergo, we are big believers in adjustable standing desks.
With just the push of a button you can switch between being seated or standing. This ease of use gives you the flexibility to switch as often as you like. For some, switching at regular intervals of half an hour is best. For others, they might choose to sit in the morning and stand in the afternoon. Whatever you choose, the important thing is that it works for you.
Whether your new year’s resolution is to be more active, boost your productivity, or even something as specific as improving posture, adjustable standing desks are an easy and accessibly change which will revolutionise your working day.
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