Ergonomic office furniture has seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, with both employers and employees taking more essential steps towards creating a healthier workplace. An idea that started with ergonomic chairs and keyboards to help with posture and comfort while working has now grown with the modern Scandinavian idea of ergonomic desks. These are swiftly gaining popularity across the modern office environment, offering new ways of working while also looking after your health. With health advice suggesting that sitting in a chair for eight hours a day is detrimental to health and should be avoided, the idea of a height-adjustable, sit-stand desk provides numerous solutions to this. Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider an ergonomic, adjustable desk: When standing, you burn 50 calories more than if you were sitting 2.4kg estimated weight loss if standing for 30 minutes per day for a year After sitting down for 90 minutes, your metabolism slows down dramatically People who sit for 8 hours or more than a 50% increase chance of contracting heart disease, than those than sit for less than 4 hours So what else do you need to know? What is a sit-stand desk? Sit-stand desks have an adjustable height feature, meaning they not only offer the standard seating height option but can also be raised to provide you with a standing desk at the push of a button. This means you can spend parts of your day sitting down at your desk and also spend periods of time standing with the desk raised to stretch out while you work. On top of this, they are a great option if you need more leg-room than a standard office desk and also double as a handy solution to other issues like keeping computer equipment out of the reach of children or pets if working from home and allowing you to move your chair out of the room when standing which creates a more spacious workspace. This is particularly beneficial to those setting up smaller offices. What are the benefits of a sit-stand desk? We know that the idea of standing for long periods of your day may not seem that appealing, however, research suggests that alternating between seated and standing positions while working can benefit your brain, body, muscles and heart. On top of this, it can also boost productivity and improve your mood and energy levels over the course of the day. Based on a study of 132 senior decision-makers, facilities managers, designers and HR managers, 98% of respondents said they can see the attraction of introducing sit-stand working. Some 73% of respondents reported improved health and a further 11% saying adjustable desks help increase productivity with continued. We’ve all been repeatedly told that standing up and stretching your legs away from your desk can be beneficial – especially if you’re in the office all day – but opting for an adjustable desk instead can mean you can carry on working and being productive while getting out of your seat. Adjustable desks aren’t just ideal for corporate offices either. They also provide the perfect solution for those who are working at home or want to create a healthy and practical home office space. With flexible working looking to be a big part of the future, we want our furniture set up to make our job as easy as possible and to benefit our health. Though it can be all too easy to lose motivation or endure cripplingly low energy levels when working from home, both of these issues can be improved with our ergonomic sit-stand desks. What is the best way to use an adjustable desk? One vital thing to remember is that it is the alternation of sitting and standing that make these desks beneficial to health. Researchers warn that too much focus has been put on standing in sit-stand work and that standing for too long can also have a detrimental impact on health just as sitting for too long can. These health impacts include pooling of blood in the feet, increased back pain and varicose veins among others – none of which sound enticing, so remember to change it up! Ideally, when using a sit/stand height-adjustable workstation, users should vary their posture every 30-60 minutes or so and avoid long durations of either sitting or standing. This is easy to achieve with electric adjustable desks, like our Sylvan React Height Adjustable Desk, as you can simply press a button and the desk will change position. Other advice for getting the most out of a sit-stand desk includes ensuring the positioning of your desk is correct for maximum beneficial impact. It is vital to keep the work at the correct height for your hands to be able to work comfortably. When standing, your work should be at or just below elbow height with your shoulders relaxed, your upper arms naturally by your side and elbows in 90 to 110-degree angles. When sitting and working on the computer, sit back completely in the chair, and adjust the keyboard to approximately 1-2” above your lap. Whether sitting or standing, your elbows should remain close to your body while working. Why Bluespot’s adjustable desks? Our range of height-adjustable desks offers an innovative, high-quality take on the sit-stand desk. With quiet push-button electric controls and a high weight capacity, they are the perfect solution for anyone looking to improve their job satisfaction, productivity and health. Our height-adjustable desks come in a choice of colours to suit any space or style. Find the perfect ergonomic desk for you, whether that be our Kaleidoscope range for a bright splash of colour or something more classic and contemporary like our Urban designs. Even better, you can create a complete office in your chosen colour finish, as we have a full range of office storage to match our adjustable desks. To make our adjustable height desks even better, they are all made with FSC approved wood, meaning they’re environmentally friendly and responsibly sourced. They also come with a 5-year guarantee, so you know they were built to last. We manufacture all of our furniture right here in the UK, so we are confident that our build quality will always be up to scratch. For any more guidance on our sit-stand desks, please contact our customer service team. Give us a call on 0800 804 4760, email us at email@example.com, or open a live chat right here on our website.