Fit Desks: Worth It or Worthless?

Is Sitting the New SmokingThe average office worker spends about 6.5 hours sitting in front of their computer screens every day. After the workday is over, the sitting isn’t done. Americans spends 13 hours each and every day sitting, and 70% of full-time workers absolutely hate it.

Is Sitting the New Smoking?
New research is linking sitting for long periods of time with a slew of health risks, including obesity, high blood pressure and high blood sugar, excess body fat at the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting for long periods of time increases the risk of death from cardiovascular diseases and even cancer. Furthermore, research shows that those who sit for more than eight hours a day with no physical activity have a risk of dying similar to those with obesity or who smoke. Unfortunately, sitting is the new smoking, and research supports that claim.

But, there is good news: You can counter the effects of sitting for prolonged periods of time with physical exercise. Sure, heading to the gym before or after work is a great option, but what about moving while you work? Thankfully, new trends are emerging across offices everywhere, and standing desks and desk cycles are becoming the norm. But, are they worth it?

Investing in Fit Desks

There are a whopping 34 chronic diseases linked to sedentary behavior, including impaired cognitive ability. Becoming a “desk potato” at work not only affects your employees’ health and puts them at a high risk for issues down the road, but sitting also affects concentration and productivity. Wellness specialists agree: getting your workers more active can show benefits in efficiencies, improve employee morale, reduce sick days, and boost recruiting. Plus, the return on investment is between $3-7 for every $1 spent on workplace interventions that aid in activity.

So, what are you waiting for?

Fit Desk Options

Between standing, cycling, and walking, there are a wide variety of fit desks to choose from. Which one is the right option for you and your company? Learn more about emerging fit desk trends to help you decide:

Standing Desks – Standing desks allow you to stand comfortably while you work. Most versions are height-adjustable, and newer models can seamlessly transition from sitting to standing position.

Desk Cycles – Some employees might feel like being on their feet all day at a standing desk can be tiring. Enter under-the-desk cycles. This alternative allows workers to sit at their desk while burning energy cycling with their feet.

Treadmill Desks – Walking at a slow pace while working on a treadmill desk is another option for fitness aficionados who want to burn some extra calories during their workday. From business calls to emails, web research and more, getting work done on a treadmill desk takes a little bit of practice but is possible, according to Forbes.

No matter what option you choose, investing in fit desks for your employees is definitely worth it. Between the health benefits and increased efficiencies in the office, getting your office moving is a no-brainer. If you’re looking to outfit your office with new fit desks, contact Office Space solutions for furniture installation services today.