Sitting is the New Smoking

Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting (Levine, 2013)! We are sitting ourselves to death.

A recent study of 8000 office-working participants found that (on average) over 12 hours – out of the 16 hours one is typically awake – were spent being inactive. This proves that sedentary culture is universal in office-based organisations.

Clearly there is a desperate need to cut down the amount of time that we are sitting whilst at work, however jogging laps of the office is not necessarily conducive to efficient business… What’s more: we understand from our clients that employees enjoy having a set position to enhance and sustain feelings of belonging.

The question remains, how can we increase mobility in an office environment YET sustain set positions for individuals to personalise? Office furniture holds a pivotal role in solving the issue.

There has been a recent trend of implementing sit/stand desks, which many of our clients have invested in and enjoyed!

But, of course, these only go as far as avoiding sitting: employees are (usually) stationary when using a standing desk. A solution which would actively encourage mobility, exercise (and fun) is the Bike Desk!

Torbeyns et al’s (2017) study found only positive effects upon employee well-being, attention and work performance following the implementation of Bike Desks to an office environment over a 5 month period. They are a promising and creative means to reduce sedentary time.

It’s true what they say, a healthy body makes a healthy mind. Could you benefit from a bike desk in the office?

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