If you’re paying attention to ergonomics and occupational health news, or even if you’re not, you may have heard about the standing desk.
In some ways, standing desks are about helping busy office workers to achieve their fitness goals. But they’re also tied to broader health issues as well. People aren’t just standing for the fun of it. New studies are showing that sitting for extended periods of time can be hard on the body. It can lead to less active circulation and joint stiffness and other problems.
With that in mind, manufacturers are building desks and other office furniture much differently. They’re creating standing desks and other pieces of furniture that support the body in a standing posture, or in different ways that don’t require sitting for hours on end.
Another related idea is the adjustable desk – rather than having just a standing desk or just a sitting desk, the desk is made to adjust between the two postures, so that whoever is using it can alternate positions throughout the day. Maybe you want to stand for an hour or so in the morning, then sit till lunch. Or you may want to alternate half of every hour. With adjustable desks, you can do that. The best versatile desks and tables help employees to choose their own preferred postures while they work.
Why Combine Standing and Sitting?
There are good reasons to have an adjustable work desk.
Standing up at certain times of the day will help improve your circulation and prevent the threat of certain diseases now linked with extended sitting, such as some types of cancers. Of course, office workers have used their fifteen minute work breaks for years to “stretch their legs” and get a little exercise, but now, with more modern office furniture, they can also change up their habits throughout the day rather than just “sitting like logs.”
Standing for certain hours of the day can keep you more energized and boost your metabolism.
At the same time, sometimes you’re tired and you just want to sit down. That’s why it’s great to have an adjustable desk that you can move to your sitting posture when your legs are tired, or when you just need a break.
Mammoth Office Furniture has a wealth of height-adjustable tables desks and other furniture. We have manual cranking operating pieces of furniture as well as new high-tech pneumatic adjustable furniture.
If you really want to go all out, take a look at our electric adjustable desks. Some of these top-of-the-line models can provide ease and quality-of-life for VIP office workers, although some of them need to be plugged into a standard outlet.
In the end, all of these types of flexible furniture are an investment in employee health and wellness. In fact, you could factor the cost into a corporate program to reduce healthcare claims costs. Talk to Mammoth about how to get these cutting-edge assets into your office.