Did you hit the gym today? If so, you probably feel like you deserve a pat on the back. But your efforts may be in vain if you spend the rest of the day sitting down.
It’s hardly breaking news that sitting at work all day is bad for you.. Study after study has shown that sitting all day long put people at risk for developing lower back problems, kidney disease, heart disease and other ills – even if they exercise outside of work. Research is piling in that that shows just the act of sitting most of the day can cut years off your life. Researchers reported that cutting the time that people spend sitting to less than three hours would increase life expectancy in the U.S. by two years. And reducing the time spent watching TV to less than 2 hours daily would increase life expectancy by 1.4 years.
One solution is the new crop of standing desks. The concept itself has been around for centuries. Winston Churchill knew it. Ernest Hemingway knew it. Leonardo da Vinci knew it. Notables such as Thomas Jefferson and Charles Dickens are rumored to have used them. Every trendy office from Silicon Valley to Scandinavia now knows it too: there is virtue in working standing up. And not merely standing. The trendiest offices of all have treadmill desks, which encourage people to walk while working. It sounds like a fad. But it does have a basis in science.
With growing research about the health dangers of sitting at work, the commercial market for standing desks is picking up steam. Businessweek reports office furniture sales of stand-up desks are growing at four times the rate of “normal” desks.
Thinking about taking a stand at your office? Twist OP has a full line of stand-up desks by HON and Lorell as well as risers that can convert any traditional desk into a standing desk. Interested? Call your Twist OP sales rep to discuss what would work best for your office.
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