It's Time To Stand Up.
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So the bad news - sitting down is directly linked to a string of nasty sounding conditions and diseases, that's not music to the ears of the millions of us who perch at our desk for hours every day.
The good news - people have recognised the simple act of sitting down is not good for our health and are changing the way we work to ultimately improve our health and wellbeing. More than ever, in jobs where 10 years ago we would be sat for the full working day we now have workspaces and workstations which take us out of this sedentary setup - making us healthier and more productive.
Stand Up For Your Health.
Simply put, by standing at your desk you can help keep a number of serious diseases and conditions at bay. Prolonged periods of sitting, which in reality are commonplace for large parts of the population, have been linked to an increased risk of everything from cancer and obesity as well as muscular skeletal problems occurring in the back, shoulders, neck and legs. This doesn't mean you have to stand all day every day, like most things, moderation is the key.
Periods of standing while at work can hugely improve your productivity and wellbeing. For example, we are all familiar with the lull or more commonly known 'food coma' which leaves us desk bound after lunch. Research actually shows that if we stand while or just after eating, our blood sugar levels normalise far quicker, leading to us having less volatile energy levels.
Secondly, if you stand while you work you are far more likely to interact with colleagues, increasing collaboration and productivity. By not being rooted to the one spot, you and your colleagues will visit one another at your workstations, increasing collaboration and productivity amongst teams.
Finally, standing desks are highly recommended for improving creativity, be that writing (this!) blog or making calls. By being on your feet you are more alert, upbeat and creative.
You've got your standing desk, what now?
Joe Line an expert at HelathLine has put together these top tips:
1. Try to alternate between sitting and standing. Early research suggests you should only spend 1 hour standing for every 1–2 hours sitting.
2. Adjust your desk and screen for your height. Your desk should align with your elbows, while the top of the screen should be at eye level.
3. Anti-fatigue mats may reduce the tiredness, leg discomfort or back pain associated with standing more than 2 hours per day.
4. The ideal wrist position differs slightly between standing and sitting, so consider this when using your standing desk.
5. Attaching an arm support to your desk may help with shoulder and neck problems, especially on the side of your dominant hand.
The way we work is changing and nothing is more important than ensuring your workspace works for you. More often than not flexibility is now central to one's working life, be this the time, way or location in which they work.
At farlo.io we have relationships with hard to find artisan makers from across Europe and right now our favourite standing desk is this one from Huxlo. It's handmade in Bristol, and can be fully adapted to your setup, be that fixed desk, hot desk or coworking. It's also portable, meaning it works for those working in different locations or travelling.
Affordable, adaptable and attractive, this is a must for someone looking to enter the world of standing desks.