Stand up for wellness

When you consider a typical day for many, the amount of time sat in a chair can be astounding. From the chair at home, to the chair in the car then in the office and back again, an overwhelming number of working adults can easily spend over 10 hours a day sat down with minimal movement.

This kind of sedentary lifestyle is widely known to increase the risk of chronic diseases, obesity, and poor circulation to name but a few possible side effects.

Wellness Statistics

  • 81% of UK workers spend 4-9 hours sat at a desk daily - equivalent to 67 sedentary days per year.
  • 64% claim their office has a negative impact on their health.
  • 31 million days annually are lost to back, neck and muscle pain, the largest contributor to sick days..
  • 25% state they ache at the end of every day.
  • 26% believe being uncomfortable at work stops them being productive.

Striking a balance between sitting and standing is crucial. Too much seated work is unhealthy, but equally too much standing can be hard on people’s legs, feet, and backs. Thankfully, getting the balance just right has never been easier.

The huge range of ergonomically designed office equipment ensures whatever the work environment, whatever the user’s preference, they can work in comfort, in a way that optimises their wellbeing.

Standing desks – Designed to raise at the flick of a switch, they accommodate seated and standing work, promoting continual movement throughout the day.
Monitor arms – Rather than crowding round a static monitor, pivoting and adjustable arms provide a wide angle of display, making demonstration and collaboration easy.
Chairs – Increased lumbar support and non-intrusive head and neck rest options provide support where it’s needed, and comfort where it’s wanted.
Ergonomic mice and keyboards – These take continual pressure off joints, and allow forearms to rest in more natural, un-twisted positions.

Wearable wellness

Wearable technology has seen a huge increase in the corporate world, with the total value projected to top £6.5 billion by 2020.6

This is due to the huge potential activity and fitness trackers hold for long-term health and wellbeing and the associated impact on attendance and productivity in the workplace.

Brands such as Fitbit and Apple have created a range of trackers, smartwatches and apps that monitor an individual’s movement, heart rate and sleep patterns among other things, compiling the data to provide custom fitness solutions.7

Offering wearable tech to employees is a growing trend, and has seen double digit year on year growth8. Empowering employees with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals can motivate them to increase their activity levels and lead healthier and more active lives.