Over the years, office spaces have morphed drastically. From the classic wall to wall cubicle layout, to more open spaces and even working from home, the average workspace looks much different compared to 50 years ago. However, not much has changed in regards to the method in which people work. The average American sits for 13 hours a day, which is detrimental to your health. People who sit for prolonged periods of time everyday have an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, and early death.
WHAT IS THE ATLAS?
The Atlas is Unisource Parts’ state-of-the-art adjustable height desk with advanced features that include:
- Straight or Corner Unit configuration options
- Minimum Height: 24.5”
- Maximum Height: 49.5”
- Easy to use Control Module built in under work surface for maximum desk space
- 3 color options (black, white, silver)
- 220 lbs Load Capacity
- 3 memorized height settings with bi directional switch
- Safety feature built in to avoid finger pinch issues
- 5 year warranty on frame, 2 year warranty on electrical components
5 REASONS TO CONVERT YOUR OFFICE TO SIT-STAND DESKS
Standing lowers your risk of weight gain and obesity.
As we all know, weight gain is ultimately caused by taking in more calories than you burn. For every 3,500 extra calories that a person takes in, they gain one pound of body fat. While exercise and eating right are the most effective ways to burn calories, simply choosing to stand instead of sit is a simple way to burn calories without even realizing it. By choosing to stand at your desk in the afternoon, instead of sitting, an individual burns an additional 170 calories on average. That’s almost 1,000 extra calories burned each week just by standing at your desk each afternoon!
Using a standing desk can lower blood sugar levels.
Generally speaking, the higher your blood sugar levels are after meals, the worse it is for your health, particularly for those with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes. In a small study of 10 office workers, standing for 180 minutes after lunch reduced their blood sugar spike by 43% compared to sitting for the same amount of time. The harmful effects of sitting after meals could help explain why excessive sedentary time is linked to a 112% greater risk of type 2 diabetes.
Standing may lower your risk of heart disease.
Scientists have proven through case studies that prolonged sedentary time can increase the risk of heart disease by up to 147%. Sitting is so harmful that an hour of exercise may not make up for the negative effects of an entire day spent sitting. The Solution: keep your heart more active while you work at your desk by standing and moving around.
Standing desks can reduce back pain.
Back pain is the most common complaint among people with desk jobs. Studies have been conducted with office workers who have reported long-term back pain. Participants reported a 32% improvement in the lower back pain after several weeks of using a standing desk. Another study done by the CDC found that using a sit-stand desk reduced upper back and neck pain by 54% after just 4 weeks of use. Overall, standing takes pressure off of your spine and can be an easy, medication-free way to prevent and reduce back pain.
Standing at work can help improve your mood and energy levels.
Standing desks appear to have a positive effect of your overall well-being. In one 7-week study 87% of those using standing desks reported increased vigor and energy throughout the day. Some researchers have linked extended sedentary time with increased risk of both depression and anxiety.
Being on Your Feet = Happy and Healthy Workers
After reviewing these studies and facts it is clear that standing while at work can improve a worker’s overall physical and mental health.