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Combating the sedentary lifestyle in the office

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In the second part of a three-part blog series on the benefits of standing desks, Ergomotion explains the difference between standing desks and standing-only desks, and also offers advice on how to transition to working with a standing desk.

Also known as height adjustable or sit stand desks, standing desks are increasingly being preferred at workplaces around the world. Standing desks are often confused with standing-only desks, or desks that are always in a standing position and cannot be adjusted at all. Standing-only desks can be inconvenient because a typical working day will require the employee to divide time between sitting and standing, which is not possible when the desk cannot be adjusted.

Sit stand desks or height adjustable desks are more accurate terms for ‘standing desks’ as they quite literally describe the desk’s ability to alternate between sitting and standing positions. Modern height adjustable desks can be adjusted in height within seconds at the push of a button. Old-model adjustable desks are designed to be manually raised or lowered, which is more time-consuming and inefficient; the very effort required to adjust these desks means they are rarely adjusted, negating the very purpose of having a standing desk.

Adjusting the height on a sit stand desk

Standing desks by Ergomotion are electric sit stand desks featuring a European designed ultra-quiet energy efficient motor built to extremely high specifications. The motor even offers multiple memory positions, allowing the user to quickly revert to the ideal sitting and standing height, with minimal fuss. The electric operation is quick and quiet, and will not disrupt the working flow. By remaining totally level during the adjustment, the desk eliminates any worry about objects tipping over.

Top tips for making the switch:

Ergomotion advises new users of standing desks to keep a supportive chair on hand, so that they can alternate between standing and sitting when required.

A comfortable pair of shoes is also advised for work because heels will offset most of the health benefits of a standing desk.

The posture is important when using a standing desk. Ergomotion advises users to stand tall with the shoulders back and relaxed, keeping the head in a neutral position when looking at the computer screen.

Most importantly, begin using the standing desk for small stretches of time, alternating between sitting and standing, till one can gradually work their way up to longer periods more comfortably.

At the end of the day, height adjustable desks with their ability to easily switch between sitting and standing positions, deliver huge health benefits to the user.

For more information on standing desks, get in touch with an Ergomotion in-motion furniture expert today. 

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