Do I need an electric sit-stand desk? Ask yourself
With many of us spending much more time sedentary than ever before, it’s little wonder that any behaviour that encourages a more active lifestyle is taking off.
In particular, standing desks in the workplace and home are an increasingly popular way of standing up for one’s health.
If you ask us, an electric sit-stand desk is the solution to the challenges posed by a sedentary lifestyle.
By getting you back on your feet during the workday, standing desks can help safeguard your health.
Is an electric sit-stand desk right for you? The ergonomics experts at Ergomotion have put together this short Q&A to help you find out!
Do I need an electric sit-stand desk? Ask yourself with these questions.
How long do you sit during the day?
Naturally, if your work already sees you on your feet for long periods of time, an electric sit-stand desk probably isn’t what you need!
However, if you’re like most of us who spend most of our working time seated, a sit-stand desk might be in order.
In particular office workers stand to benefit from standing desks, all around Australia.
Most office workers don’t get much physical activity besides from walking to the break room a couple of times a day.
Prolonged sitting can cause health risks such as diabetes, obesity, and other cardiovascular diseases.
Each of us spends 8 hours a day at work – if you ask our experts, half of that should be spent standing (or otherwise using your body in some way).
Additionally, you’ll want to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day instead of doing both in long unbroken chunks, as prolonged standing comes with its own unique problems.
By incorporating more physical activity into your day (such as standing), you may be able to reduce your risk.
That isn’t all you can do – click here to read about simple exercises you can do throughout the day.
Do you feel unfocused and foggy during the workday?
Sitting all day may put your health at risk – however, that isn’t the only risk!
Did you know for example that sedentary behaviour can also impact your focus and attention?
And according to this article from Forbes, that’s exactly what happens.
The idea is that standing increase the mental load on your brain. With more things to focus on, your brain automatically kicks into gear, leading to faster reactions and a higher level of attention.
While the differences are quite small, it adds up throughout the day.
Standing desks allows you to move on your feet, letting you alternate movements throughout the day. Thanks to the effect mentioned above, you’ll enjoy improved focus at work and greater productivity.
So if you feel your performance slipping, switching to an electric sit-stand desk might be all you need to get your edge back.
Can I easily transition from sitting to standing desks?
Like we mentioned before, transitioning to an electric sit-stand desk isn’t always as straightforward as simply swapping one for the other.
As such, you’ll want to ask yourself whether or not you can feasibly make the transition.
While the answer is “yes” in the vast majority of cases, you will need to consider:
- Power sources for your electric sit-stand desks
- Your cable management system
- Whether you have enough space for extras like standing desk mats
These are just some of the things you’ll have to consider during the transition to an electric sit-stand desk. Before deciding to switch to standing, determine that your office can feasibly accommodate a standing desk.
Do you feel muscle pain throughout the day?
Sitting for prolonged hours can have a negative impact on your posture. In particular, it causes your body to deal with loads that it simply isn’t designed to handle.
This flows to your back, neck, and hips, resulting in strain and pressure in your joints and muscles.
Standing desks get you back on your feet, essentially forcing your body to adopt a more comfortable posture. This reduces the strain on your shoulders and back, which in turn alleviates back, shoulder and neck pain.
If you suffer from these types of pain, an electric sit-stand desk might be just what you need!
Call Ergomotion for the best standing desks in Australia
So you’ve answered “yes” to each of these questions. It’s official, you need a standing desk!
Now there’s just one thing left to do: start looking for a company that can provide your business with standing desks that are built to the highest standards, accommodate for all types of office layouts and user heights, and are so simple to use.
Create a healthier and happier workplace with one of Ergomotion’s expertly designed standing desks.
Built to your specs using high-quality European motors and crafted right here in Australia, Ergomotion’s electric sit-stand desks are the ideal solution for people who face each of the problems above.