I don’t know about you, but I have been working from home now for 9 months. And things don’t look to change until at least Spring next year. That will be 12 months confined to the inside of my home.
At first it was great. I didn’t have the daily commute, I was at home for the kids and I had so much more time to get on with work. The weather was also good, and I was motivated to get out for a walk most days. Life seemed great.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take too long to change. I stopped going out for my daily walk, I sat at my desk from 8am in the morning until at least 6pm and the only exercise I was really getting was the walk to the kitchen to make a cuppa and grab some snacks, or to the front door to receive an Amazon parcel. I noticed the waistline expanding and I generally felt sluggish and my motivation to do anything was zero.
I knew this wasn’t good for me and I knew I desperately needed to do something about it… but what?!
At X2 Furniture, staff wellbeing has always been extremely important to us. We understand the importance of ergonomics and ensuring the correct posture whilst sitting at a desk, staring at a computer screen. At home I have an ergonomic office chair, mouse and keyboard. I have a laptop stand to ensure my screen is positioned at the correct height, to prevent neck strain and back ache. It just didn’t seem to be enough though.
Just when I was beginning to think about going up a waist size in my trousers, a supplier introduced me to their sit-stand desks. Of course, I’d heard of sit-stand desks, but never really considered one for the home. I decided to do a little more research.
It turns out that sit-stand desks can make a world of difference.
Using a sit-stand desk has been scientifically proven to improve productivity, concentration and increase creativity. The reason for this is, whilst you are standing up, some of the body’s largest muscles are working, so this increases blood flow to the brain. Standing improves the way we feel and improves the way we work.
Standing requires the use of more muscles, so it’s no surprise that you burn more calories whilst using a sit-stand desk due to the increase in blood flow.
Sit-stand desks don’t just have long term benefits. They are also extremely beneficial in the short term for the mind and body. Standing helps prevent a harmful build-up of sugars and fats in your blood, and as a result, workers who stand more have better energy levels and concentration.
My research convinced me. It was time to join an increasing percentage of the population (including Matt Hancock) and start using a sit-stand desk.
I opted for a good quality, single motor electric height adjustable desk. And I have to say, I have not been disappointed. The electric motor makes it really easy to go from sitting to standing, so that I can alternate during the day. It was really easy to assemble, meaning I was able to start my new work routine within 30 minutes of the desk arriving.
Already I have really noticed the difference. I am less fatigued. I am finding it easier to concentrate and the really good news is, I don’t have to rush out and buy new trousers.
I’ve been so impressed with the sit-stand desk, that here at X2 we took the decision to set up a separate website dedicated to sit-stand desks and home-working accessories.
If you want to reduce your sitting time, improve your job performance, reduce fatigue and generally have a better quality of life, I urge you to consider a sit-stand desk.
Check out http://home-workers.co.uk/ for our full range of sit-stand desks, chairs, and home working accessories.