According to Posture People (in 2022), only 1% of the UK currently have sit-stand desks in comparison 90% of Scandinavian office workers. And in 2021, Posturite says over 20% more people searched for standing desks in the UK in the past 12 months than the previous year. 
 
Some of the rise in popularity of the sit to stand desks could be due to the pandemic and working from home and also hybrid working changes and trends. Here at Sygnus we are still finding sit to stand desks or standing desks are still very popular and highly valued. 
 
The health benefits of a sit to stand desk ... Read on ... 
According to a US based furniture dealer, albeit the benefits are the same whichever country you are in, the 7 main benefits are: 
1. Reduce Health Risks 
2. Reduce Back and Neck Pain 
3. Increase Energy and Improve Mood 
4. Increase Activity 
5. May Increase Your Lifespan 
6. Improved Ergonomics and Posture 
7. Better Circulation 
 
Most of these we already knew, and they all definitely make a lot of sense when it comes to physical health and wellbeing, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to be reminded of such information. Find out more here  
 
Increased productivity is also a benefit we find as well as flexibility when it comes to where/how you work and the work you are doing. Sit to stand desks are also beneficial for hot desking as the desk height can be personalised each time by each user. 
 
How long do you spend sitting? 
The Posture Group say many adults in the UK now spend more than 7 hours a day sitting and this typically increases to 10 hours or more as we get older. This is hardly surprising when you consider our daily routines, such as being sat at our desks and being sat in the car. The main issue with this, is that our bodies are not engineered to be sat in a static position all day. Long periods of sitting have a major impact on our health and wellbeing. This can include strain on our necks, herniated discs, muscle degeneration and weakened bones, these are just some of the problems involved around the issue of sitting for too long. By implementing a standing desk into your workstation, this will help combat these symptoms as well as giving your body a chance to experience all the health benefits that go alongside it. 
 
Using sit to stand desks 
The use of sit-stand desks, has been scientifically proven to improve your productivity, concentration and increase your creativity. The reason for this is whilst your standing, some of the body’s largest muscles are working, so this increases blood flow to the brain. Therefore, it improves the way we feel and improves the way we work. It has also been found that sit-stand desks have the ability to increase productivity from up to 10-20%. 
As well as becoming more productive, sit-stand desks will lead to much greater health than those who sit for an extensive period of time. It has been discovered that office workers spend 65% to 75% of their working hours sitting down, the majority of this takes place in prolonged periods of sustained sittings. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that compared with those who sit the least, those who sit the most are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and have a 13% and 17% increased risk of cancer incidence and mortality respectively. 
Sit-stand desks don’t just have long term benefits, as they are also extremely beneficial in the short term for the body. Standing helps prevent a harmful build-up of sugars and fats in your blood, as a result workers who stand more have better energy levels and concentration. 
 
Making the most of your sit to stand desk 
Here is their guide as to how to get the most out of your sit-stand desk. 
1. To decide the height of the standing desk, relax your shoulder and create a 90-degree angle with your elbow. 
2. Bring the desk height to just below the forearm. 
3. Your thighs should run parallel to the ground, with your feet firmly placed on the floor, shoulder width apart. 
4. Wrists must be in line with your forearms. 
5. Keep your head upright with ears in line with your shoulders. Eyes should be in line with the top one third of the screen. 
6. You will also find that your posture will be at its best, when your rib cage is above your hips, as this means that you’re not leaning forwards or backwards. 
7. Finally, your knees should be straight, however not locked, if knees are locked you are likely to be bending too far back, this causes strain on your lower back and pelvis. 
 
Sit-stand desks: avoid the pitfalls. Sit-stand desks are a useful way of reducing sedentary behaviour at work, but its essential workers are trained to use them properly. Here is the advice and thoughts of the British Safety Council.  
 
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