A sedentary approach to work and lack of exercise in the office can have terrible consequences on our health. In the worst cases, it can send office workers to an early grave. It is therefore essential that we all get up and moving more in the office. While some long-term office employees may scoff at the modern trend of adjustable, standing desks and hot desks in creative hubs, this could be part of the solution.
These creative hubs and modern adjustable desks are here to stay in offices that can embrace them
Many people will see these methods as nothing more than a short-term fad. This is partly because they are often seen in modern high-end corporations that have the money to throw at these weird schemes. But, there is more to it that that. These social, fluid hubs and adaptable work spaces mean the chance to walk around and engage with different areas. This in turn allows for a more active approach to work, reducing those risks involved with a lack of exercise or general activity in the workplace. The positive side of the standing desk is that it provides a different level to work on, getting workers to rise out of their seats and work on their feet. This then aids health by improving circulation and posture, as long as the desk is at the right level. The best desks are easily adjustable to the right height for seated and standing positions and sturdy enough for the job. This adjustability also provide more room for under desk exercise equipment – if workers are that way inclined.
Even so, it is easy to see why some people don’t like this modern approach
Hot desks and adjustable desks have their benefits, but there are issues too. From a social perspective, there are older workers, and those that prefer individual tasks, that struggle with the approach. The other physical downside to this option is the effort in getting the desk to the right level, especially with all the equipment on top. This struggle may limit the appeal of exercise on a stepper or treadmill at a desk. Also, there is the reduced weight allowance and length compared to some other desks. This can put restrictions on what workers have on their desk. Still, a decluttered work space can be healthier for the mind. This means that there may actually be both mental and physical health benefits to deal with here.
Either way, there is no doubt that these standing desk and hot desks can help the right sort of people
Fitness and exercise in the workplace is all about choice and freedom of movement – as directed by the employee. This mindset works well with the freedom of choice and movement in these modern office set-ups. There are restrictions to office cubicles that impact on our health and mental well-being. It may be an effort to set up a standing desk, or move to a new hub. But, that effort gets the blood pumping and muscles moving. It adds to a more active office experience with long-term benefits.