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AT WORK AND FIT
AT WORK AND FIT

Different offices function in a variety of ways, however, they all face the same problem: conventional office work today almost exclusively involves computer use which results in the worker lacking the necessary movement a body needs to remain healthy and alert. Research shows that the average office worker spends over 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting each day at their desk, which has caused some people to say that, “Sitting is the new smoking”. This phrase might be somewhat of an exaggeration, yet the negative impact to a worker’s health due to sitting the majority of the work day are very real. Based on the fact that that a sedentary lifestyle is detrimental in the long-term, people are wondering how can they be at work and remain fit? Fortunately, a variety of product solutions have been created that will help us work and keep fit. Propelled by LUMI’s professional R&D team, sit-stand desks can build movement into your daily work life thus promoting an active way to keep you fit. Being at work and remain fit can be as easy as pushing a button.

Standing Up for Health
Standing Up for Health

A brief overview of current research on the harmful effects of prolonged sitting and the influence of sit-stand workstations.

Sitting too much, also known as sedentary behavior or prolonged sitting, has become one of the most discussed issues in the home and work office environments. With the emergence of globalization and the development of information technology in the last several decades, a lifestyle of physical inactivity which originated during the western industrial revolution and has gradually permeated throughout most of the world’s work environments. It is the first time populations in the whole no longer perform damaging intensive human labor, while, paradoxically, now engage in lifestyles that result in new health risks and chronic diseases caused by a huge shift to physical inactivity. According to Kohl et al., (2012) "physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide" which requires global action for improvement. Thus, sitting in offices, as one of the most common physical inactivities worldwide, should be examined in order to improve global public health conditions. Actions have already been taken in the areas of research and development along with the identification of solutions to the problem of inactivity. The International Ergonomics Association has dedicated itself to the development of ergonomic programs and promotes ergonomic education worldwide (Caple, 2012), while making the concepts of ergonomics more popular at a global level. This brief overview will shed light on how replacing traditional work and office equipment with ergonomic sit-stand workstations can positively impact a workers' health condition based on recent scientific evidence, and share the knowledge of ergonomic health in workplaces with a specific focus on ergonomic office furniture.