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Sit-stand - Work Yourself Healthy

height-adjustable meeting table

Businesses are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of employee health and wellbeing, writes AJ Products' David English. There is little doubt future workplaces will place greater emphasis physical activity.

Employers want to help employees combat the negative effects of prolonged sitting and improve employee productivity.

I think staying fit and healthy should be something that anyone can do. Given the long hours many adults spend sitting down while at work, it is essential to combat this issue in the workplace. AJ encourages workers to get fit at their desks through our range of affordable sit-stand desks and active office furniture. Moreover, our solutions extend to all types of workplaces including workshops, manufacturing facilities and warehouses. We are committed to making workplaces happier and healthier places to be.

 

Sedentary lifestyle

There is extensive research to suggest that a sedentary lifestyle can lead to health conditions including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and musculoskeletal problems, even if the person does regular exercise. On the other hand, standing up for just a few extra hours a day can have huge health benefits.

A study conducted by the University of Chester measured the effects of standing for at least three hours a day for a week. It showed that by doing this every day for a year someone can burn 'about 30,000 extra calories…the equivalent of running about 10 marathons a year'.

 

The active office

To effect change in the office, it is important to give employees the flexibility to choose how to work as suits their needs and tasks. Sit-stand desks will have a major impact on employee health but are even more successful when combined with other active office furniture. Active sitting chairs complement desks to keep the body moving even when sitting, strengthen back and core muscles, and improve circulation.

Picture: AJ have just launched a height-adjustable meeting table that makes it easy to switch between sitting and standing meetings.

Article written by David English of AJ Products UK

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