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If you're sitting down while you're reading this, you might want to stand up.
In fact, if you're an office worker you definitely should. The risk caused by prolonged periods spent sitting down at work has led an international team of experts to call for all office-based workplaces to ensure their staff spend at least two hours each day standing or moving around in order to protect them from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
The UK government commissioned an expert group to provide guidelines for employers about what they should be doing to look after the health of workers who are employed in largely sedentary jobs.
The team, which included an Australian expert from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, found at the very minimum workplaces should aim to ensure staff were accumulating two hours of standing or light walking during a day. Eventually, this should increase to four hours.
"In the past five years, an accelerated amount of evidence has been published on the links between sedentary living, including time at work, and the leading causes of morbidity and mortality (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers)," they wrote in the recommendations, which will be published in the British Journal of Sports Medicinemorning.
It is estimated that we now exert about 175 calories (732 kilojoules) less each day than we did in the 1960s, and do about 20 per cent less physical activity. On current trends, we will do 35 per cent less physical activity by 2030, the authors said.
"Most of this reduced energy expenditure has… been in the form of displacing light physical activity for sedentary behaviours and not necessarily from decreased active leisure, exercise or sporting pursuits, which have traditionally been the sole focus of many health, social and political campaigns," they wrote.
But they warned that simply installing stand-up desks might not be enough to get people moving in the office, with workplaces needing to implement long-term strategies.
Considering back, neck and muscle pain are the biggest drivers of sick-leave, any such strategies may also save companies money in the long-term because they may help sufferers, they said.
Source: the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
SWOPPER ACTIVE SEATING
Developed and produced by aeris GmbH in Germany by husband and wife team Joseph (an engineer) and Dorle (a world famous physio) Gloeckl, the Swopper was designed to help people relieve their back and spinal problems, and overcome the challenges our bodies face with static sitting. View this product »
FIN ESD ACTIVE SIT STAND SEATING
Almost every other employee without a work desk or station has to work standing up for long periods of time. But standing over prolonged periods subjects the human body to significant stress, and is responsible for a number of complaints relating to the heart and the circulatory and musculoskeletal systems. View this product »
WORKPAD SIT STAND HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESK
The ergonomic standing desk can be used as a mobile free-standing desk at home or in an office or any environment where you need a height adjustable table. View this product »
ARISE DESKALATOR AVAILABLE
Arise Deskalator sits on your existing desk and lets you change posture through the day! View this product »
EVEREST ELECTRONIC HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE
The Everest Electronic Height Adjustable Desks and Workstations Range are an exciting addition to the Equip Office Furniture offering of height adjustable office stations! View this product »
MUVMAN ACTIVE SIT STAND SEATING
Sitting for longer periods of time is not good for your back, even if you have the best chair in the world. Standing is a great alternative for short periods of time, but that's it...you don't want to stand all day long! View this product »
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This month, we showcase plenty of new colour options and natural timber veneer finishes to bring fresh life to your working environment.
1. Bring COLOUR to Your Workspace!
Equip Office Furniture introduces a palette of fresh modern colours so you can design complementing or contrasting legs, worktops and screens. There are no style restrictions! If you need one of our team to help you with popular or on-trend suggestions, give us a call or send us an email.
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Natural Timber Veneer Executive Desk Range
Solid construction and superior craftsmanship make H9000 the ideal range of furniture for the discerning executive. Veneers are a cost effective way to match your furniture to your work-space, no matter the existing colour scheme or decor.
More details can be found here
Custom Made Veneer Boardroom Tables & Our Custom Design Services
Equip Office Furniture are the experts in custom made commercial furniture. We can offer a total solution, from design to completion, using our vast array of resources. You'll be amazed at what we can design for your space!
Natural Timber Veneer Accent Reception Desk
Make an impact in your Reception area with one of our natural timber veneer range of reception desks. Shown below, the Accent Reception Desk is modern and elegant and works well across a variety of industries.
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BRAND NEW PRODUCTSThis month we showcase 6 new exciting products. Click an image for more information.
1. Verona Mesh Back Task Chair Available for Immediate Delivery
2. Replica Hans Wegner
3. Replica Eames Wood Lounge Chair
4. Okidoki Tables
5. Quiet Lounges
6. Fluid Boardroom Tables
When choosing a height-adjustable desk, here are a few things to consider:
1. Don’t switch straight to a standing desk; make the transition gradually. If you don't have two work areas, a height adjustable desk allows you to work sitting down during the afternoon while standing in the morning.
2. Standing too much is just as bad as sitting, which is one reason why it’s a good idea to mix it up. If your lower back gets tired from standing, sit down again to work, or stretch it out.
3. By standing rather than sitting, your blood circulation increases. This benefits your mental state by allowing you to think clearer as well as your physical body by preventing the risk of high blood pressure and the possibility of blood clots.
4. The main message is to try out what works for you and don’t think you have to do everything standing.
Height Adjustable Desk Solutions from Equip1. STRATA
Strata is a brand-new Electric Sit/Stand Desk and Workstation system distributed throughout Australia by Equip Office Furniture. With a huge 5 year warranty on both the frame and motor, you can be sure that Strata Electric is the perfect fit for your workspace. Choose from a range of accessories including umbilicals, brackets and shelves to enhance the practicality of your workstation.
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Evolution offers a desk top range from 750mm to 1200mm within seconds by the push of a button to allow sitting or standing at the users discretion. The desk height is electronically displayed and there are 3 memory buttons conveniently located beneath the desktop. The storage compartments are fitted with top quality components and come with touch panel drawers.
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The Selectric Desk is an electric height adjustable desk for commercial office workstation installations, offering the user great flexibility in height adjustment from a seated worktop to a stand-up meeting station with the ease of a simple switch. Constructed with a sturdy steel frame and powered by twin motor drives, maximum height is achieved via three section telescopic legs.
Fully certified to AFRDI Furntech, the Selectric is available as a silver powder-coated frame with a wide selection of colours for work tops available on request.
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User height-adjustable options are catered for with Elevate, a totally flexible height adjustable desk frame featuring an adjustable beam so that the length of the desk frame can be adjusted on site. It can be supplied in desk, workstation and 120 degree configurations, separately or in combination with our screen systems. The height range is 610mm to 910mm, via a fold-away crank handle. A sit to stand electric version is also available, and White and Silver are standard colours.
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