How to Quit Sitting: Create a Workplace That Supports Wellbeing
One of the hotly debated topics in workplace and classroom design is how to encourage movement. As technology has grown over the past few decades, people have started to lead more sedentary lifestyles. Obesity rates are on the rise and some studies have shown a link between sedentary lifestyles and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Work needs to get done, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of our wellbeing.
Even though mobile technology has become common, many people still feel anchored to their desks. People are aware of the health risks of sitting too much, but sometimes offices and classrooms feel limiting. It isn’t enough to just tell people to move around during the day, they need spaces that encourage movement.
Mix it Up
Most people aren’t comfortable spending all day in the same position, and it’s important to allow for a healthy balance between sitting, standing, and walking. For example, not everyone can handle standing all day, but spending the right amount of time standing can have benefits such as increased blood flow and improved metabolism. Variable height desks, like Bivi Standing Height Desks pictured above, are an excellent solution to this problem. The work surfaces can easily be adjusted from seated height to standing height with a single tool, giving people complete control over how they work.
People don’t spend all of their days working alone; they often need to collaborate on projects or need an opportunity to socialize. Standing height tables in collaborative areas and cafés are a great way to add variety to a space. Turnstone’s Campfire Big Table is available in a standing height and can easily accommodate six people, perfect for any space where people need to come together.
When planning to encourage movement, don’t forget to bridge the gap between working alone and working in large groups. A person heading to a meeting might need a place where they can quickly stop and get organized, or two people might want to get together for a one-on-one discussion. Smaller standing-height tables, like our Simple Standing Table, create these “in between” spaces and are very easy to design into any layout.
Need more ideas on how to encourage movement in your space? Contact our design experts. Tell them about your space and your budget and they’ll be able to create a plan that works for you.