Why sit-stand desk? The key lies in consistent switching!

Sit-stand Desk

Why sit-stand desk? The key lies in consistent switching!

We all know how staying seated for long periods of time can be detrimental to our health.

What you may not know however is that prolonged standing – just like sitting –  can also harm one’s health!

If you want to safeguard your health, the way to go about it is by alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day.

And thanks to innovations in ergonomic office furniture like an electric sit-stand desk, you can cycle between sitting and standing effortlessly, allowing you to enjoy the healthiest, most ergonomic workplace possible!

So, why a sit-stand desk? A mix of standing and sitting is best

Without proper preparation, prolonged periods of physical activity can lead to injury and other musculoskeletal issues – that’s why tradies and athletes are so overrepresented in the physical injuries department!

It isn’t just strenuous physical activity, either – standing all day can also pose several health problems, including…

Electric Sit-stand Desk

Sore feet

When you stand, you put weight on your feet – stand for too long, and you may feel soreness and pain.

In order to avoid this, you’ll need to think about weight, and how it’s distributed.

Specifically, putting too much weight on one leg can lead to soreness – the human body was designed with two feet in mind, after all!

We suggest alternately shifting your weight from left to right and right to left, so the pressure won’t be left to a specific area of your foot, but is instead more evenly distributed.

Another good idea is to invest in a standing mat for when your desk is in standing mode.

This gives your feet extra support and cushioning, and can help you get even more out of your electric sit-stand desk.

Varicose veins

Prolonged standing can result in swollen, enlarged, and twisting veins. These are called varicose veins, which appear as visible blue or dark purple veins.

In addition to not looking very pleasing, these veins can be painful and uncomfortable.

What does standing have to do with your veins? We’re glad you asked.

Standing for long periods can negatively impact blood circulation – what’s more, it can also cause blood to pool, stretch, and increase in pressure. Over time, this may stretch, enlarge, weaken and even damage the veins in your legs.

This may lead to pain in your legs – specifically, a burning or aching sensation while you’re standing, as well as the signature blue spiders running up your legs.

If you want to avoid varicose veins in your legs, you’ll want to moderate the amount of time you spend standing in order to improve circulation.

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Muscle fatigue

We aren’t talking about tiring out your leg muscles, either (though if you’re starting to use an electric sit-stand desk without preparation, you’ll likely feel some fatigue as your body adjusts).

No, we’re talking about the muscles in your:

  • Back
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Hips

That’s because bad posture and a habit of slouching over can result in discomfort once you start standing for the entire day.

In particular, your body may not be in correct alignment – this means your body isn’t distributing its weight properly, which can cause your muscles to feel tired as a result.

Additionally, prolonged standing can also cause your legs to cramp, as your entire weight is being pushed onto your legs.

The key is to alternate between sitting and standing with a sit-stand desk!

So now you know the risks that come with prolonged standing. What can you do to avoid these?

Simple: mix things up a bit and cycle between sitting and standing, that’s how!

It’s a good idea to sit back down and give your feet a break every now and then. According to some studies, the sweet spot is 4 hours’ total of standing, distributed throughout the day and slowly built up towards.

By changing your electric sit-stand desk to the “sit” setting and giving your legs a bit of a break every now and then, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

How electric standing desks help

Sitting for long periods at work doesn’t have to be mandatory anymore – thanks to standing desks, prolonged sitting (and the associated health risks) is no longer the norm.

With a sit-stand desk, you can fight back against the risks that come with a sedentary job.

And with an electric standing desk, you can alternate freely between sitting and standing, allowing you to enjoy the best possible health outcomes!

Unlike conventional sit stand desks, Ergomotion’s electric sit-stand desks allow you to:

  • Set a height that matches your body
  • Save your preferred heights
  • Switch between sitting and standing in seconds with the press of a button

How’s that for convenience?

Experience a healthier body and more positive work environment with an electric sit-stand desk

Look after your health with an Ergomotion sit-stand desk.

Custom-built to a variety of sizes, heights, and configurations, our electric sit-stand desks allow you to enjoy better health, alertness, and easier movement while at work.

We combine quality European electrical components with Australian made design and build to develop electric sit-stand desks that are created to suit your specific needs.

Whether you’re looking for a desk for your home office, or an office manager eager to promote wellbeing among your staff, Ergomotion can make your working life healthier and more comfortable!

Stand up for your health! 

Contact Ergomotion’s ergonomics experts today on (03) 9589 1454 or fill in the form and transform your workspace today.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

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Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.

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Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

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Shao Lei 30/11/23

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Chris Wu 06/11/23

I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.