In the interest of your health we advise you to read this page while standing up!
Are you standing? Yes? That’s a relief for us, and we are sure for you as well. This is because sitting down all day significantly increases the chance of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover, you have a higher risk of diabetes, depression or even cancer. Even with daily exercise, those are some pretty real reasons to opt for dynamic working. Then add on the other benefits, such as decreased absenteeism, increased productivity and an improved positive work atmosphere.
What’s that about?
This is how much we sit….
Office staff frequently sit for over 10 hours a day. It starts at breakfast, then we sit in the car or public transport and next we sit down behind our desks. Perhaps we stand in the kitchen for a moment preparing dinner, until it’s time again to sit at the dinner table. Then we flop down on the couch – exhausted – even though we sit practically all day. It has become an element of our modern lifestyle and a very unhealthy development.
Cheap desk, high price.
Recent scientific research shows the hazard of sitting down over extended periods of time. Prolonged sitting lowers the quality of life and increases the chance of a premature passing. A person who spends a lot of time sitting, has an enhanced risk of obesity, diabetes type II, cardiovascular diseases, depression, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer. Exercising more leads to increased happiness, creativity, productivity and health however it does not protect you from the dangers of a sitting lifestyle.
Dynamic working is healthy working.
Alternating between seated and standing postures and moving for two minutes every half hour is the key to preventing many health problems. This is what we call dynamic working. The secret is the leg and gluteal muscles; the largest muscles in our body. Using these muscles initiates multiple processes, including the burning of food. The brain receives more blood and oxygen, causing the brain to release moodlifters. Dynamic working therefore makes both employers and employees happier. Markant makes dynamic working easy and pleasant with flexible office furniture.
Dynamic working, how to make it work.
Dynamic workstations make an office, but don’t necessarily make it a healthy office; the right utilisation does! Implementation can make or break a successful transition to dynamic working. Our advice is to start small. For instance, conduct meetings while standing, preferably with a 2 minute break every half hour. Furthermore, introduce it step-by-step by adding only a few sitting-standing workstations at first, Then slowly raise the number. This keeps working healthy interesting and optional.
Stand by Markant.
Markant encourages dynamic working by offering unique, flexible products and practical advice for a dynamic layout of the office. For instance, A MAX workstation can be easily and quickly transformed from a comfortable sitting desk into an active standing workstation making alternating between working sitting and standing both simple and attractive. By doing this we substantially reduce the number of hours spent sitting. Therefore, an investment in Markant’s furniture is an investment in the health of your people and the health of your company.
Is your office healthy?
Are you still standing up? Good. Now look around in your office. How many people are sitting on their chairs? And now let’s review the statistics. Would a healthy office mean absenteeism could be reduced and overall productivity increased? Then now is the time to take action to get your office moving. Download our e-book or make an appointment straight away for personal advice.
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