You’ve no doubt heard by now that “Sitting is the new smoking” but is it true, and what is the best way to work without sitting? Fortunately our handy guide is here to help.
First, is sitting really bad? Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels. Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
One study compared adults who spent less than two hours a day in front of the TV or other screen-based entertainment with those who logged more than four hours a day of recreational screen time. Those with greater screen time had:
•A nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause
•About a 125 percent increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain (angina) or heart attack
The increased risk was separate from other traditional risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure.
Sitting in front of the TV isn't the only concern. Any extended sitting — such as behind a desk at work or behind the wheel — can be harmful. What's more, spending a few hours a week at the gym or otherwise engaged in moderate or vigorous activity doesn't seem to significantly offset the risk.
The solution seems to be less sitting and more moving overall. You might start by simply standing rather than sitting whenever you have the chance or think about ways to walk while you work. For example:
•Stand while talking on the phone or eating lunch.
•If you work at a desk for long periods of time, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter.
•Walk laps with your colleagues rather than gathering in a conference room for meetings.
•Position your work surface above a treadmill — with a computer screen and keyboard on a stand or a specialized treadmill-ready vertical desk — so that you can be in motion throughout the day.
The impact of movement — even leisurely movement — can be profound. For starters, you'll burn more calories. This might lead to weight loss and increased energy. Even better, the muscle activity needed for standing and other movement seems to trigger important processes related to the breakdown of fats and sugars within the body. When you sit, these processes stall — and your health risks increase. When you're standing or actively moving, you kick the processes back into action.
Solace Sit To Stand
The Solace Single will allow users to easily transform their existing desk to a sit-stand workstation. The Solace Single uses a gas assist counter balanced arm to raise and lower the single surface workstation through 18.5″ of smooth acting height adjustment with industry leading stability.
To maximize the use of the desk surface, the work surface can also be swung to the side when not in use. The Solace Single will complement every working environment and provide an ergonomic workstation at a value price.
Optional Dual Monitor Adaptor: Supports two monitors 1–10 lb. each and up to 22″ wide
Solace Desktop Sit To Stand
Quickly and economically convert an existing desk to a smooth and effortless sit-stand workstation. Solace Desktop ships fully assembled making it the ideal retrofit solution. The compact footprint of the Solace Desktop, easily fits onto a 24″ deep desk with room for personal equipment. The large primary work surface includes a grommet for cable management and can accommodate an added Workrite Monitor Arm or two 24″ monitors.
The wide lifting range and independent keyboard surface ensures that users can easily set Solace Desktop to their ideal ergonomic position. Solace Desktop is strong enough to support users technology requirements, yet light enough for simple installation and moving from desk-to-desk.
Solace Desktop Features
Dual worksurface with independent keyboard surface
20° Keyboard tilt (+10°/-10°)
35 lb. lifting capacity
13.8″ lifting range, 20″ above desktop
QuickStand makes sit-to-stand easy and portable. With the ability to move with or independently of the screen, QuickStand’s lightweight platform allows the desk to adapt to the user’s changing comfort demands. Unlike other height adjustable solutions on the market, QuickStand can effortlessly be moved from one work surface to another.
QuickStand features an innovative counterbalance mechanism that enables users with fixed-height computer desks to transition from sitting to standing positions with ease. Its effortless functionality encourages users to be active and integrate movement into their days, which is vital for health.
QuickStand Lite is a sleek, highly adaptable workspace tool suitable for collaborative and hot-desking environments, as well as home offices. Its minimalist aesthetic complements any interior and supports a variety of hardware. Its effortless functionality encourages users to build more movement into their daily routine for long-term health.
QuickStand Lite can be attached to any existing, fixed-height desk. Its minimal footprint frees up space, and its unique adjustability is perfect for home or corporate workspaces, temporary hot desks, collaborative workstations and check-in points.
Budget option: Mount-It! Stand Up Workstation With Dual Monitor Mount
Monitor and Desk Mount specialist Mount-It! will change the way you work! No need to buy a complete sit-stand desk.This height-adjustable desk mount clamps to the edge of your existing desk and allows you to work comfortably from either a sitting or standing position.
MI-7904 provides you a easy, quick, affordable way to switch position from sit to stand. Preventing you from sitting too long while working and allowing you to work under a most ergonomic standing position.
MI-7904 gives you various placement options for convenient use of two monitors and your laptop, notebook and keyboard. Spring-assisted lift mechanism that allows you to raise and lower it almost effortlessly in just seconds. MI-7904 gives you all the sturdiness and flexibility of Mount-It! products in a compact footprint.
Perfect for laptops, notebooks, and two computer monitors
Ergonomic design that adjusts to most user's height
Spring-assisted lift mechanism
Switches from sitting to standing position in seconds
Built-in keyboard tray and secondary surface for office stationary and your phone
Holds up to 28.6 lbs. of weight (26.4 lbs for monitors, 2.2 lbs for keyboard shelf)
Herman Miller's Renew Sit-to-Stand Desk
Renew is a sit-to-stand desk that takes healthful movement to the next level. By allowing you to seamlessly transition between seated and standing postures, Renew can help you stay more active and healthy while you work. Frequently changing postures helps reduce the physical stresses that put you at risk for aches and pains so you can keep up a steady flow of energy and ideas.
Steelcase's Sit-to-Walkstation Desk Treadmill
Movement throughout the workday can contribute to an employee’s wellbeing. And nothing gives employees the choice of physical activity in their busy work lives quite like Sit-to-Walkstation. At a maximum speed of 2mph, the Sit-to-Walkstation lets you walk comfortably, burn calories, feel healthier and more energized while accomplishing the work you’d normally do only while seated. With all the technology of the Walkstation, the Sit-to-Walkstation incorporates a larger worksurface and room for seating. Individuals can shift between sitting, standing and walking quickly and easily without leaving their personal workspace.
Float is a revolutionary standing office desk that brings effortless operation to traditional sit-stand products. Ease of use is at the heart of Float, as it seamlessly adjusts between sitting and standing postures without interrupting workflow. With a minimal aesthetic, Float complements traditional offices and home workspaces.
Using a patented counterbalance mechanism that replaces older technology, Float encourages an active workspace by allowing the user to move effortlessly from sit to stand positions. Float is also available in an electric option.
Available in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes IKEA's BEKANT sit/stand desk isn't just a good budget option due to it's low price point, but also due to its 10-year Limited Warranty.
BYOT: Mount-It! Electric Stand Up Desk
Already have a desk? Want to make it a sit-stand desk? With a set of legs from Mount-It! you can easily convert your desk into a sit-stand desk, or you can select your favorite tablet top material and color and easily install it on this standing desk frame. Recommended table top size range of 43 to 90 inch wide and 26 to 40 inch deep. The frame can expand and collapse in width depending on your space requirements and constraints.