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Tough-guy author Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up.”
In the 1950’s, Hemingway would have been in the minority, with a much a larger proportion of the workforce employed in manual labour. Fast forward to 2014 and manufacturing has decreased massively with a simultaneous rise in the ‘desk-based’ workforce.
Sitting is killing you.
As developed countries in the western world have increasingly become nations of desk orientated ‘Knowledge Workers’, we are engaging in working styles that are increasingly sedentary and repetitive. The human body is designed to move and neither sitting nor standing all day is good for us. Moving has obvious benefits; increasing metabolism, using different muscle groups and most importantly reducing the load on the lumbar spine which is greater when sitting than standing.
John Buckley, from the University of Chester states that standing up for three hours extra a day would burn off 3.6kg of fat each year – or use an extra 144 calories per day?.
“People are sitting down at work, then sitting in the car and then sitting down in front of the television,” says Dr Buckley. This means that metabolic rates crash to an absolute minimum and as Dr Buckley highlights, “It isn’t natural. Humans are designed to stand up and keep moving.”
So how do we combat this damaging trend in our work styles?
Crank up your life. Switch to a standing desk.
Float is a revolutionary height-adjustable table that is able to adapt to a vast range of heights and weights with ease. Float’s constant-force spring allows it to move effortlessly and instantly between sitting height and standing height, while accommodating the ergonomic needs of users.
Float has been designed with clean, architectural lines that belie the sophisticated functionality that resides within the structure. The constant-force spring counterbalances up to an impressive 76kg of desktop weight (including table top), making the table easily manoeuvrable and stable.
The performance and ease of use encourages desk-bound workers to regularly alternate between sitting and standing postures for long-term health.