Why you should make active sitting a priority... We spend, on average, almost nine hours a day sat down - and that’s not taking into account the eight hours we spend lying horizontally, asleep. But sadly our bodies aren't built for such sedentary living.
The average person isn't able to sit for more than three minutes without falling into a slumped or slouched posture. Over time, this creates wear and tear in the discs and joints, putting greater strain on the back muscles. If you're constantly craning forward looking at a computer screen, this can cause neck ache too.
So what can we do about it? While standing for the whole day isn't advised (a study found it could raise the risk of heart disease), health experts do advise alternating between standing, sitting and walking about throughout the day.
“Sitting has been demonised in the media, so people’s gut reaction is to try and stand all the time instead,” says Professor Jack Callaghan, from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology. But standing up for long periods also has its downsides. In a laboratory-controlled study of sit-stand workstations, half of participants developed lower back pain when asked to stand at an ergonomic desk for two consecutive hours. The solution, says Prof Callaghan, is to stand for at least 30 minutes per hour and sit for the other 30 minutes to get the best health benefits.
A desk converter (pictured above) sits on top of your existing desk, allowing you to either sit and work at your computer, or raise the desk to a standing height. A pneumatic air cylinder allows smooth adjustments from sit to stand in mere seconds, bringing the maximum height to 620mm above the desktop.
The two-tier design offers a spacious 32-inch (813mm) top shelf for monitors and a second shelf for a mouse and keyboard. It also has a chamfered keyboard shelf edge for added comfort to your wrists.
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