Combating Sedentary Living
Most employees spend more than 7 hours a day sitting at their desks, and when you add time spent seated in transport and at home, the average total reaches 9.3 hours daily in Europe14. This is a major public health issue: according to the American Heart Association, blood clots related to prolonged sitting kill more people than car accidents, HIV, and breast cancer combined2.
Sitting can slow down or halt circulation, leading to several health problems such as blood clots, varicose veins, swollen ankles, and numerous complications.
In contrast, each time you work in a standing position, your blood circulation to your extremities significantly improves, and your entire body is engaged. Discover the health benefits of dynamic furniture and how MVMT’s innovative designs support a healthier, more active working lifestyle.
Reducing Musculoskeletal and Joint Pain (Lower Back, Neck, Shoulders)
If you work at a desk, there’s a high chance you’ve experienced back pain after a long day’s work. If you have poor posture, if your screen is not well-positioned, or if you lack sufficient ergonomic support, you accumulate tension on both your neck and lower back.
Using a dynamic desk reduces lower back pain by 32% compared to a seated position 6. Moreover, a study showed that workers who used a standing desk for four weeks reported a 54% decrease in neck and shoulder pain7.
Adopt the “healthy workspace” practice. MVMT solutions are designed for workplace wellness and offer an efficient way to reduce muscle and joint pains.
Improving Well-Being and Fulfillment at Work
Immobility and spending more than 7 hours a day seated significantly increase the risk of psychological distress and depression.
A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders revealed a significant association between sedentary time and the risk of depression: for every additional hour spent seated, the risk of depression increases by 10% 8. People who use a dynamic desk spend statistically 83 minutes more standing each day9.
By regularly changing position, we break the routine and, in addition to improving physical health, we observe a significant improvement in motivation and mental calmness.
Remember, a “healthy office” goes beyond physical well-being; it is vital for maintaining a healthy mind as well.
A dynamic desk allows you to increase your energy expenditure throughout the day.
As part of the “Take a Stand Project” conducted over 12 weeks in 2011, people who used a dynamic desk lost an average of 2.8 kilograms, while those working at a traditional desk gained an average of 0.9 kilograms over the same period12.
An average person burns an additional 50 calories per hour when working standing up13. This difference may seem minimal, but standing for 3 hours a day represents the caloric expenditure of an 5 miles run each week.
Lowering the Risk of Heart Disease
A lack of physical activity and long periods of sedentary sitting significantly increase the risk of heart disease.
A 2015 study11 revealed that office workers who used dynamic desks had an average heart rate 7.5 beats per minute lower than those who used traditional desks.
A 2016 study12 also showed that the use of dynamic desks reduced blood pressure in office workers. On average, the users of sit-stand desks had a systolic blood pressure that was 3.4 mm Hg lower than that of traditional desk users.
The dynamic furniture from MVMT, in promoting movement and decreasing sedentary behavior, could therefore play a significant role in reducing the risk of heart disease in the modern workspace.
Helping Regulate Your Blood Sugar
A study conducted in 2017 showed that the time spent sitting was significantly associated with an increase in blood glucose and insulin levels. This association is particularly concerning for people who have a higher risk of developing diabetes due to their age, overweight status, or genetic predisposition.
According to a 2019 study, the use of a standing desk can reduce fasting blood sugar by 11.1% in people at high risk of diabetes10.
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Increasing Your Energy and Improving Your Productivity
Using a dynamic desk contributes to creating the necessary movement to improve blood circulation and brain oxygenation, which can increase your energy and attention.
According to a study from Cornell University1, the use of a dynamic desk can improve productivity by 23%.
In addition, regular movement decreases sleepiness and keeps you alert and available.