To sit or stand, is there a question?

The sit to stand desk is getting ever more popular, we love it and feel it’s going to be much more in the way of norm in the coming years. Putting my wellbeing hat on I can really see the benefit of having them installed in offices across the globe.
The benefits
Physically you will engage more motor units while standing, this means that beau signals will be sent via your nervous system to operate your body, which in turn fires up the muscular system. If you’re muscles palpate your lymphatic system which is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body
The muscles in your lower body use the most energy compared to upper body, due to the large mass of tissue, but if you don’t use it you’ll keep the energy and lose strength. Standing also will help muscles create a natural pump as they constrict and relax to help you balance on your feet, so just by standing you can improve so many aspects to your heallth.
What’s the best technique for standing ?
Yes, there is a technique to standing, by doing these tips you’ll engage muscles, reduce imbalances and feel better. It’s harder to do this with high heels on, so if you have got the 6 inch heels or Simon Cowels platforms on then you might want to get some different flat shoes before you try.
  • Stand with feet hip width apart
  • Toes pointing forward, enough to feel comfortable
  • Soften at the knees to engage muscles in upper leg and to let the pelvis sit in a comfortable position
  • Relax your shoulders, and keep your chin parallel to the floor
  • Its good to move a little to help that muscular pump to promote blood flow so let your body move a bit too
Now you should feel like your back isn’t in tension as apposed to when you have locked knees you will usually make your pelvis go into anterior tilt and your lower back, specifically your erector spinae would over compensate for the lower abdominals.
How much is the right amount of standing?
As with any increased activity, you should try to progress over a period of time.  Start with a ratio of 1:4 meaning for every minute you spend standing you spend four minutes sitting. After a few weeks, bring the sitting down to 2 minutes then see how you feel then gradually build up over time. You will feel a little more tired after the day of work initially, but your body will react and then improve its response. You’ll start to notice when your muscles need a rest and should sit down when your body try to either overcompensate on one side or when you begin to lock out your knees.
What type of standing desk is right for you?
As you can see below; we supply a variety of solutions which have varied height adjustability methods, from gently lifting floating mechanisms to fully electric systems.  Some can be retro fitted so they sit on top of the desk you have now or a fully operational motorised sit-stand desk. They can come in pairs, and be included in a bank of desks with modesty panels. If you need help with choosing the right product for your office, be sure to book us for a chat.
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From left to right -Techo electric height adjustable, Senator Chemistry workstations ,Humanscale Quickstand- A desktop solution, CMD Winston- desktop solution