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The Rise and Rise of Height Adjustable Desks

Sit-to-stand desks, standing desks, stand-up desks, height adjustable desks, whatever term you want to use, these desk types are booming in popularity and the key reason why is profound - they can make us live longer!

Modern office life is full of conveniences that make our work day easier. Email, chat, remote meetings, Skype - all this and more have made it simpler than ever to communicate with one another and get the job done. But there's a huge drawback - we're sitting too much.

Sitting too much can kill you! It sounds dramatic, but it's true. An emerging base of research points to the detrimental effects of something that most people do without much thought on a daily basis for nearly six hours per day. In recent years, scientists have studied the effects of what they're calling "prolonged sitting" or "sitting disease," and the news isn't good. Prolonged sitting is clearly and indisputably linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, disrupted metabolic functions, obesity, depression, and premature death!

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If you cut the time you spend sitting behind your desk daily, you may extend your life up to three years. However, even with these grim facts how many people are really willing to stand up and do something about it?

Ideally office workers should be getting up and taking movement breaks throughout the day. It's not always easy to just walk away from the task at hand though, so in some cases workers are combining the best of both worlds by installing standing desks.

Standing desks are desks which allow a person to stand up comfortably while working on his or her computer. Lots of versions are adjustable so you can easily change the height of the desk and alternate between standing and sitting. In all cases, the end goal is the same: reduce the amount of time spent sitting during the work day. From companies to classrooms to home offices, height adjustable desks are starting to pop up everywhere.

The health and work benefits of using a height adjustable desk are many :

  • Improved energy, focus, productivity, collaboration, and creativity
  • Boost in productivity
  • Lessening of fatigue, confusion, and tension
  • Reduced risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression
  • Reduction in musculoskeletal pain
  • Increased calorie burn while standing

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Alternating between sitting and standing positions is critical for us to keep our bodies healthy and prevent illness. Regular movement adjusts the amount of load being put on the body, increases specific body part rest intervals, and thus reduces the adverse effect of risk factors.

The twenty-first century lifestyle is more inactive than ever before. Overweight, obesity and diabetes are more prevalent. A healthy diet and regular exercise are still the best ways to lose weight and prevent diabetes. A height adjustable desk can help, especially if you are not used to too much exercise, as it encourages you to be active throughout the day and movement is a good way to stay fit and healthy during desk work.

So take control of your health and productivity and check out Empire's extensive height adjustable desk range today!