Sitting Is the New Smoking – the Interesting Reality of Standing Desks
Unless you live under a rock, chances are you have heard that “sitting is the new smoking”. The truth of the matter is, we sit a lot – we sit during our morning commute, in meetings, at our desk, we sit at lunch, only to go home and sit some more in front of the TV. And then we do this all over again the next day, and the next day…you get my point.
This societal pattern has emerged after we moved out of the industrial revolution where people worked in factories and were on their feet much more often. This was preceded by the agrarian period when people did back-breaking work in the fields. Fast forward to today when we have transformed into an information-based society which has resulted in a great part of us sitting at desks all day long and missing out on the benefits from the physical movement of working in the fields or in a factory.
Today, chair-living seems to be so enticing that we have forsaken our legs. For that very reason, it’s high time we found ways to get ourselves back onto our legs and up and moving. This lack of movement over several generations, the dramatical increase in obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and some other damaging health issues are all great reasons to seriously consider how we spend our time working in the office. Here’s a quick and easy solution: standing work desks!
However, although you may find this idea to be the solution to all your back pain problems, to be honest, you are not going to stand all day while working. But that’s okay because you really shouldn’t. Just having a standing work desk at your office won’t do much if it doesn’t have the needed features and if you don’t use it properly. Make sure that your new adjustable desk works in both sitting and standing positions. For that reason, your best bet is to buy a pc monitor stand that is strong, ergonomic and adaptable and you can use while both sitting and standing.
These accessories offer a great range of movement and adjustability. There are various pc monitor stand models and they are best suited for activity-based workplaces because of their terrific ergonomic versatility. These monitor arms float a flat panel monitor above the work surface so you can position it where you want it. They have a built-in gas cylinder that enables exact positioning of your monitor. They are usually made of sturdy cast aluminum and have an integrated cable management system that keeps your work surface free of clutter and mess.
The simple rule of office ergonomics is to have at least two points of adjustment. This usually refers to the position of the keyboard (which affects your wrists and arms) and the position of the monitor arm (to ensure proper alignment and positioning of your head, shoulders, and neck). Your forearms should be positioned parallel to the floor and your wrists should be in a relaxed and neutral position – not bent backward or forward.